National Fisherman


Fire sale salmon prices last year and a dim outlook for the upcoming season have caused the value of Alaska fishing permits to plummet.

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The United States and 17 Pacific Island nations have reached an agreement to restore the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT), which the U.S. withdrew from in January in a dispute over the high costs of the treaty.

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Many Bay Area families bemoaned the loss of a holiday tradition this winter — Dungeness crab.

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Bluefin tuna have been severely depleted by fishermen, and the fish have become a globally recognized poster child for the impacts of overfishing. Many chefs refuse to serve its rich, buttery flesh; many retailers no longer carry it; and consumers have become increasingly aware of the environmental costs associated with the bluefin fishery.

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Seafood buyers are reporting high lobster mortality and poor quality, which a federal scientist says may be because lobsters are extra fragile this year in Canada's largest lobster region off southwestern Nova Scotia.

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A deadly algal bloom has hit the world's second biggest salmon exporter, Chile, where nearly 23 million fish have already died and the economic impact from lost production is seen soaring to $800 million, industry and government sources told Reuters.

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Fishermen, processors and exporters are well on their way to meeting a goal set in 2014 of doubling the value of the province’s seafood exports within a decade.

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An updated forecast points to an even stronger likelihood that Maine’s lobster season is going to get off to a very early start.

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An ocean-going drone is helping to spot illegal fishing in the world's largest, continuous marine reserve.

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PORTLAND — A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of claw meat.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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