National Fisherman

Spend a little more to put an Oregon salmon license plate on your vehicle, and your money is supposed to directly benefit the iconic fish.

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ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources will hold three public meetings to provide information on the New England Fishery Management Council's Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2.

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NEWPORT, Ore. - Fishermen rescued off the Oregon coast by a helicopter dispatched out of a Coast Guard base that's slated to close say the $6 million that would be saved is not worth the lives of fishermen.

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Using a new approach for determining the age at sexual maturity for wild stocks of western Atlantic bluefin tuna, researchers led by Molly Lutcavage of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Gilad Heinisch of Israel's Oceanographic and Limnological Research Center, suggest that these fish mature at a considerably younger age than cuurently assumed. These findings could lead to changes in how fisheries scientists estimate the population.

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Fishermen recovered 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea Wednesday near where a South Korean fishing ship sank earlier this week.

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SEOUL, South Korea—More than 50 crew members from a South Korean fishing ship that sank in the western Bering Sea were feared dead Tuesday, as furious relatives blamed the ship's owner and its captain for not doing enough to save their family members from the frigid waters a day earlier.

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NEWPORT -- The Newport activists working to save this coastal town's rescue-helicopter station say the wreck of the Blazer crabbing boat presents a strong case against the U.S. Coast Guard's plan to close the post.

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Bluefin tuna fishers in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast are facing new restrictions to protect the prized species from being overfished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules Monday for commercial fishing vessels.

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AUGUSTA — Maine should increase research and monitoring into how rising acidity levels in oceans could harm the state's valuable commercial fisheries while taking additional steps to reduce local pollution that can affect water chemistry.

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MARIN COUNTY (KCBS) — Environmentalists in Marin County say a centuries-old species of Coho salmon is facing outright extinction due to the current drought.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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