National Fisherman

A group looking to ban commercial setnet fishing in urban Alaska took its challenge to state Superior Court Tuesday, hoping a judge will overturn a decision by the lieutenant governor to not let a voter initiative head to the ballot.
 

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YARMOUTH – The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline – possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.
 

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The opening of Alaska’s largest herring fishery, in Togiak, is approaching with a down forecast and talk of major processors lowering their capacity to prepare.
 

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Eight members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have taken a page out of Gov. Deval Patrick's very thin playbook dedicated to helping the fishermen by penning a letter to the wonderfully alliterative Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, urging PP to get off the dime and get the $75 million in fishing disaster aid rolling to the affected areas _ and on a state-by-state basis rather than regionally.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine —It appears only a few logistical hurdles are all that stand in the way of a new lobster processing plant opening up along Portland’s Maine State Pier.
 

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SNEADS FERRY — As the cold weather kept a grip on the area, Sneads Ferry’s fish houses were quiet.
 
They worked on equipment, readied boats and otherwise prepared for the boats to start running and fishing to start. A long winter that seems to have continued into spring has had them waiting a bit longer than usual.
 

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Oysters have grown in the Great Bay and Little Bay of NH’s seacoast for generations, yet it’s only been recently that commercial oyster farms have sprung up there. The fledgling industry boasts eight oyster farms that are in high demand due to the farm-to-table trend and growing interest in farmer's markets.
 

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A study rocking the commercial fishing world suggests that at least 20 percent and as much as 32 percent of wild-caught imported fish are "illegally" caught, killed and sold into the U.S. market.
 

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Two weeks following a public hearing held by the Department of Natural Resources for Dorchester County residents, the county council is pulling out all the stops to prevent fossilized oyster shell from being spread in the Little Choptank.
 

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Four years ago this month, BP's (NYSE: BP [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The accident killed 11 people, injured 17 more and sent oil gushing 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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