National Fisherman


Today marks the first Alaska Wild Salmon Day, a new holiday honoring the state’s most famed fish. Gov. Bill Walker established the holiday, to be celebrated annually on Aug. 10, in early May when he signed HB 128 into law.

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Although the region’s salmon fisheries are well into their summer seasons, much turmoil remains concerning the management of the state’s fisheries.

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Lake Pontchartrain is crawling with crabs again, and it has the January opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway to thank, according to a crab distributor whose factory is located on the lake's north shore.

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Commercial sockeye fishing in upper Cook Inlet will be decided on a day-by-day basis from here until the end of the season.

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On Friday, Dr. Robert E. Hueter, Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, wrote to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in “strong opposition” to S. 3095, The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.

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In the midst of a bait shortage, Maine has closed down the fishery for lobstermen’s second-favorite type of bait after fishermen exceeded the state’s quota on pogies for the first time.

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With fish counts remaining extremely low, it’s looking less likely that local commercial and tribal fishermen will get a chance to catch Fraser River sockeye salmon this summer.

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Commercial fishermen expected to see a large harvest this year, based on forecasts, but it doesn’t looks like those predictions will carry through.

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It’s been five days of fun in Rockland this week. And on Sunday, the Maine Lobster Festival finished up with thousands of visitors crowding the waterfront. Director of the festival Shannon Kinney talked about how much has changed in the 69 years of the celebration.

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A New York City restaurant has granted a reprieve to a special yellow crustacean after discovering that the little lobster was a 1-in-30-million find.

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Inside the Industry

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently released the preliminary agenda and public comment process for its 75th annual meeting which will be held October 23-27 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

 

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The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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