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After laws aimed at maintaining a sustainable crabbing fishery in California went into effect last year, local fishermen remain mixed on how they’ll be impacted with the start of this year’s sport season last Saturday and commercial crabbers gearing up to begin Nov. 15.


GAINESVILLE - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Florida's lawsuit seeking to limit the amount of water its neighbor Georgia can take from a shared river system.


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Tougher laws to protect sea turtles could be hurting local fishermen. 


In April 2013, John Bullard, NOAA’s chief northeast regional administrator, first imposed draconian cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable landings of cod and other groundfish species. And at the time, he called it the fishing industry’s and fishing communities’ “day of reckoning” over stock declines.


NASSAU, Bahamas -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on Monday on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a “threatened” or “endangered” species under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).


The Atlantic Salmon has for centuries been named the "king of fish" for its power and grace. But now it is much more: A symbol of all that is wild and beautiful to millions of people.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have announced commercial king mackerel season will close at noon Nov. 7.


The Coast Guard on Sunday called off the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sank Saturday near Matinicus Island off the coast of Rockland.


Responding to growing concerns about declining striped bass populations, fishery managers this week voted to slash Bay striped bass harvests next year by 20.5 percent and the East Coast catch by 25 percent.


While the port of Portland has finally pulled even with Gloucester, Massachusetts, in fish landings, it could be a hollow victory as federal regulators prepare to impose a new set of restrictions that will likely batter the groundfishing fleets in both ports.


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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.


Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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