National Fisherman


Washington’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open in coastal waters Jan. 4 after a month-long delay caused by high levels of domoic acid, which can cause illness in humans, state shellfish managers announced Monday.

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The waters off Hancock and Washington County have been very productive for lobster fishermen in the last few years. And when business is good, more people want in.

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Most areas in Southeast closed to commercial fall fishing for Dungeness crab on Nov. 30.

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With cod at historically low population levels and commercial fishermen limited to landings that are just a fraction of what they once were, the recreational catch is now believed to account for as much as one-third of total landings of Gulf of Maine cod.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is closer to embarking on its planned sampling program for the endangered Gulf of Maine northern shrimp stock and is looking for trawl and trap vessels to help collect shrimp and data.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the state's congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to include funding for fishing safety training and safety research grant programs in his next federal budget.

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For the first time that many people can remember, California's Dungeness crab season will not open in time for Christmas, spoiling thousands of holiday feasts in the Bay Area and driving a spike of economic pain deeper into fishermen, wholesalers, restaurants and other businesses that rely on December sales of the regional delicacy.

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New research out of the University of Oxford in England is giving weight to a theory held by some mariners in the province: that rogue waves come with no warning, and are often preceded by much smaller waves.

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Led by U.S. Reps Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., a bipartisan group of 33 house members last week sent a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opposing seismic testing for offshore oil.

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Thailand's government said Monday it is not ignoring the slavery and forced labor in its lucrative shrimp industry that was highlighted in an Associated Press investigation published last week.

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Inside the Industry

According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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