National Fisherman


Most of the benefits from the commercial fishing industry go to local government, while the state spends more on the industry than it takes in, according to a new analysis.

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ILWACO and CHINOOK, Wash. — It’s only a few days into this year’s commercial Dungeness crab season and fishermen already believe they are looking at a better run than last year.

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It's certainly not a typical sight on Vancouver beaches, or anywhere on the West Coast, in fact: The carcass of a large lobster, native to the Atlantic Ocean, with claws almost as big as a man's size 11 shoe.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge today upheld a new rule allocating separate red snapper quotas for private recreational anglers and licensed charter captains.

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The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee has scheduled a public hearing on a bill introduced by Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) that would give the Department of Marine Resources more flexibility in managing the elver fishery.

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Federal fisheries scientists say their most recent sampling of juvenile lobster in southwest Nova Scotia indicate a decade-long trend of abundant populations is holding steady.

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Port of Astoria Commissioner Bill Hunsinger marshaled his fellow commercial fishermen Tuesday to talk about what the agency can do to stop sea lions from ruining fishing on the Columbia River.

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After watching a live barracuda, one surmises this toothsome saltwater predator needs protection about as much as John Wayne or a Navy SEAL.

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Every year, food industry heavyweights gather at Tokyo’s legendary Tsukiji fish market to participate in one of the country’s most distinguished holiday traditions.

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Coast Guard officials say they are looking into safety policies and procedures after the tow of a Gloucester fishing boat went fatally wrong last month.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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