National Fisherman


New Bedford fishing mogul Carlos A. Rafael has been indicted on 27 criminal counts in U.S. District Court, including conspiracy, falsifying federal records and bulk cash smuggling, according to the federal indictment unsealed Monday.

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A handful of Alaska shellfish companies are participating in a seaweed pilot project which, if successful, could be the start of a new commercial seaweed industry in the state.

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New England fishermen got some good news last week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans to scale back the amount of on-board monitoring required of the commercial fleet. However, there is still work to be done.

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The male American lobster is clawing his way toward hegemony. Scientists say his unusually large crusher claw compared with other species can be irresistible to female lobsters and menacing to less-endowed males.

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With President Obama leaving office in less than a year, environmental groups have urged him to once again use executive authority via the Antiquities Act to declare a new marine national monument, this time in the Atlantic Ocean. Such a proposal, which circumvents all established rules and procedures, is fundamentally undemocratic, and would put a stranglehold on the commercial fishing industry.

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It might not be time yet to rechristen Cape Cod as Cape Pollock, but the humble fish is staking its claim.

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The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

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West Point, Montreal: In 44 years of fishing scallops, Tony Sharpe says he’s never seen anything like it.

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Should California’s four-year drought break, causing rivers to run, next year’s crab season could be worse than the 2015-2016 season. The industry has, so far, lost at least $48 million in revenue for crab fishermen statewide, according to information presented at the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing last Thursday, April 28 in Sacramento.

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Maine’s rebuilt scallop fishery is enjoying high demand from the culinary world for its prized meaty mollusks, and the 2016 season that ended last month is likely to go down as another strong year.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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