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NEW YORK — “Everyone’s growing oysters,” Chris Quartuccio says over his shoulder as he paddles a kayak across Long Island’s Great South Bay, where he’s raising some 300,000 Blue Island oysters on the shallow seafloor 50 miles east of Manhattan. He might be right.
 

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Recent turmoil over Florida's gillnet ban likely will reach state fishery managers at a meeting this week in Weston in Broward County.
 
The agenda of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doesn't include gillnets, but Bill Kelly, chief executive of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association, said he plans to seek a meeting with FWC staff.
 

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The city will take the first step Friday in determining how to use a $75,000 state grant designed to help sustain Gloucester’s shore-side businesses until its commercial fishing industry can regain its economic footing.
 

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NEW ORLEANS –- What's a Thanksgiving dinner without oyster dressing?
 
“Oyster dressing is one of the top things that's on our table, so consequently we have a big selection of them,” said Eddie Moreno, manager of Dorignac’s grocery store.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Tentative results from the second experimental yellowtail flounder survey strongly suggest that the fish are far more plentiful than most scientists believe.
 

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A new plan for managing Biscayne National Park waters north of the Florida Keys may create a new type of marine-protected area that limits recreational fishing and bans commercial fishing.
 

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KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — Record numbers of pink salmon caught in southeast Alaska waters in 2013 should return closer to average numbers next year, according to state biologists.
 

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Virginia's oyster harvest hit 406,000 bushels for the 2012-2013 season, outpacing the previous year by nearly 60 percent and marking the largest harvest since 1987, officials say.
 

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry requires an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
 

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NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries introduced itself to fishermen in Mauntauk, N.Y., on Friday as its president headed west to receive a fishing industry award in Seattle.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:

  • Ruling favors commercial red snapper fishermen
  • Fishermen file suit over Texas oil spill
  • Florida gov. announces oyster recovery funding
  • Hatchery salmon were 36 percent of harvest
  • Maine's new elver rules delay season start

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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