National Fisherman


The commercial harvest of lamprey eels on the lower Yukon wrapped up over the weekend, with just under 37,000 pounds harvested and sold.  That’s 7,000 pounds less than a quota set by the Department of Fish and Game.

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While Alaska’s governor was unveiling his budget proposal on Dec. 9, the state Boards of Fisheries and Game were grappling with how to accommodate future budget cuts.

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U.S. officials and human rights activists called on Americans to stop buying fish and shrimp tied to supply chains in Thailand, where The Associated Press has found slaves are forced to work in the seafood industry.

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A lobsterman from Sedgwick, Maine, says that an ongoing war with fellow fisherman has made it's way to land.

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José Salvador Alvarenga’s story captivated the world nearly two years ago, when the Salvadoran-born fisherman was rescued in the South Pacific having spent 14 months adrift in a small fishing boat.

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For much of the last decade, the MV Shearwater caught menhaden by the ton, but in its new life, as part of the Del-Jersey-Land reef 26 miles off the coast, it will become a fish habitat and diving destination in the state's artificial reef program.

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If the realms of science and art seems worlds away from each other, you'd be gravely mistaken. After all, when you're studying the science behind the world around us, how can you not feel inspired by its sublime beauty? That's why it should come as no surprise to learn that some of society's most creative and passionate artists also happen to possess brilliant scientific minds.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A small amount of Maine shrimp will be available to consumers this winter despite fishing managers' decision to keep the fishery shuttered.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Interstate regulators will hold hearings for fishermen throughout New England about a plan to amend some of the rules for Atlantic herring fishing.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council raised pollock quota for 2016, but only by half the requested amount, locked in by the two million metric ton cap for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery.

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Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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