National Fisherman


OLYMPIA — Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the Columbia River will have to release any Chinook salmon they catch after Friday.

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People are jumping into the waters north of here and hauling out scallops by the thousands this time of year, but the environmental group Tampa Bay Watch is rejoicing at a far smaller found number closer to home — just 233 of them.

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Bill Corbett spent decades flying his trusty Cessna 172 every workday out of Newport News and up and down the coast, searching out Atlantic menhaden for the commercial fishery.

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A sunken trawler boat found off the Jersey shore Wednesday is the missing fishing vessel authorities have been looking for since getting reports of a boat in distress near the Sandy Hook peninsula nearly 24 hours ago, the Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday.

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This summer, government officials have killed about 150 cormorants nesting on an island in the Columbia River. They're using rifles with silencers under the cover of night. It's part of a plan that aims to protect salmon from these avian predators. Scientists say the birds are eating up to 18 percent of juvenile salmon. But opponents argue killing the birds won't actually help the fish. Cassandra Profita went onto the river to find out more.

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SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group says it intends to sue the federal government for allowing farm-raised salmon in Puget Sound.

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Debate over regional management of the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper fishery moved from Washington, D.C. to the Crescent City as the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met for the fourth time this year. In a highly contested vote, the Council voted to remove snapper quota from the commercial fishery while allocating additional quota to the recreational sector.

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CHATHAM – Federal fisheries regulators want fishermen to pay to have somebody watch what they catch and what they throw back.

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The Coast Guard says debris has been recovered off the coast of New Jersey during a search for a fishing boat seen sinking earlier in the day.

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I, and a number of other interested Montanans, have been following the proposals for a large number of mines in the British Columbia portions of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk River watersheds.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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