National Fisherman

It's a typical morning in the West Melbourne offices of Roffs Ocean Forecasting (, and Mitch Roffer, Ph.D., is fresh out of his kayak from exploring the waters near his coastal home just north of Sebastian Inlet.


I have been anxious to go out.


Coast Guard crews and good Samaritans responded to a mayday call and aided the crew of a sinking 32-foot fishing vessel 20 miles south west of Yaquina Bay, Wednesday, April 8.


ATHENS, AL — A bill that would allow commercial fishermen to use nets on the Tennessee River has passed the Alabama House of Representatives.

The Senate has to pass the bill for it to become a law.

Some are concerned it would threaten the booming bass population, and have a negative impact on recreational fishing.

This bill originally allowed commercial fishermen to catch bass in nets.

The version that just passed through the House has an amendment that prohibits them catching bass, but there are still some concerns with opponents of the bill.

The use of nets on the Tennessee River's Alabama territory was banned in 1975, but the ban has been enforced more in the past few years.

Recreational anglers say they've seen a resurgence of bass in the river in that time. They organize hundreds of bass tournaments a year.

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The boat's journey likely began four years ago, across the Pacific, in the wake of devastation. A big piece of the vessel is believed to have broken off in a tsunami and traveled thousands of miles from Japan before it arrived off the central coast of Oregon.


Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe that Oregon's multimillion-dollar sardine industry almost certainly will be shut down this summer.


Ty Hibbs and his fishing buddy Chas Champagne found a school of redfish last winter that would get pushed into a particular area after every cold front, and given how epically bone-chilling that season was, the fish were there a whole lot more than they weren't.


How do you keep a whale from grabbing the fish off your lines?


COCOA – Smithsonian researchers are probing the particle preferences of clams and oysters to weigh their roles as potential lagoon saviors.


The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is moving the Pacific whiting and non-whiting groundfish season opening date for the shore-based individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for midwater trawl fisheries, the agency said in a public notice on Thursday.


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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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