National Fisherman


In a telephone conference meeting Monday afternoon, Oregon and Washington biologists approved a nine-hour commercial gill-net salmon season on the lower Columbia River, beginning noon Tuesday.

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PRINCETON-BY-THE-SEA — With crab pots and equipment already piled high in their boats, commercial fishermen along much of the Northern California coast at long last are poised to set sail this week, launching the Dungeness crab season after state officials finally declared the iconic creatures safe to eat.

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The big increase in quota for the small boat state-waters Pacific cod fishery is attracting "quite a bit more" fishing boats to the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor area, according to groundfish biologist Justin Leon, of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s congressional delegation is asking the Obama administration to resist efforts to ban the import of live Maine lobsters by European Union countries.

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Dogfish Neck? Cape Skate? Pollock Peninsula? Can this still be Cape Cod without the cod?

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The docks were relatively quiet Saturday afternoon along the Central Coast on the first day of commercial crab season.

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The old brick buildings, which lack central air conditioning, can be stifling in the summer and drafty in the winter. Most of the offices are cramped, sometimes forcing scientists to work in hallways and beside equipment as loud as circular saws. Their labs, built during the Kennedy administration, offer little space for serious research.

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Two fishermen who found a piece of scientific equipment off the coast of Monterey, Calif., are holding it hostage, interfering with international research, and demanding $45,000 ransom for its return, the federal government claims in court.

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The coming mandate for higher quality fish deliveries in Bristol Bay could be particularly difficult for watershed residents, but some have said it could also be good news in the long term.

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The Obama administration is no longer considering Cashes Ledge – a biodiversity hot spot in the Gulf of Maine – for national monument designation.

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Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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