National Fisherman

As commercial fishermen threw out their lines at the stroke of midnight with hopes of reeling in the first of this year’s salmon Thursday, unfavorable drought conditions and Pillar Point Harbor politics have some worried about the years ahead.
 

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A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to look further into the potential destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine is drawing more fire from mine proponents and more support from those concerned about adverse impact.
 

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Of 10 key species studied by NOAA, only American lobster dropped in price from 2003 through 2012.
 
It’s a tale well known in Maine: Lobster prices have tanked over the past decade as the harvest has surged.
 

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Each summer the Soldotna post of the state’s Wildlife Troopers calls in for reinforcements.
 
Between the sprawling dipnet fisheries at the mouths of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, commercial set and driftnetting fleets and the sportfishing pressure on Kenai Peninsula rivers and lakes — enforcement of fisheries regulations can be a daunting task for the 11 wildlife troopers stationed between Anchor Point, Soldotna and Seward.
 

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The 2014 California king salmon season that begins May 1 is predicted to be one of the better years recently, despite this winter’s drought. But we'd better enjoy it while we can.
 

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NEW BEDFORD — Good news for city fisheries was hard to come by in NOAA's "stock status report" released Tuesday.
 
The report, released in tandem with an economic assessment of the fishing industry, describes the agency's fisheries management nationwide as a success story.
 

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Before statehood and the advent of scientific management, Southeast Alaska’s herring populations were harvested — and depleted — without much thought for the future. Herring reduction plants were numerous in the region in the early twentieth century, but the industry was short-lived. Many believe the herring population in Sitka Sound now is a fraction of what it was in those days, and wonder if herring stocks — like salmon — can be restored. A recent grant intends to launch that effort.
 

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SEATTLE — A commercial geoduck diver from Bremerton was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon after a diving accident in the water off Green Point that morning.
 

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NEW ORLEANS —In order to ensure dealers, grocers and restaurants using its logo, the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program (LWSCP) is tightening its regulations.
 

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether a Florida fisherman ran afoul of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a federal law aimed primarily at white-collar crime, by throwing three undersized red grouper back into the Gulf of Mexico.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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