National Fisherman

Long after commercial fishers have pulled into dock, their lost and abandoned gear continues fishing – threatening marine wildlife and habitats around the world.

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It's shaping up to be another interesting season on the summer flounder management front.

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Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab.

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Commercial fishing fleets operating around the world are now doing so under the watchful gaze of environmentalists who are concerned with overfishing and other violations that have long been going on unnoticed far out to sea.
 

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For this week's feature story, Shell-Shocked, photographer Bert Johnson followed the path of the Bay Area's favorite crustacean from the rough sea near Half Moon Bay, to working docks along San Francisco's Embarcadero, and finally to the kitchen of Camino, in Oakland's Grand Lake district. 

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Citing 2014 as a landmark year for the Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI), the organization’s Executive Director Margaret Henderson touted the year as a time for tremendous growth and groundbreaking successes in the organization’s recently published first annual report.
 
No one, least of all the organizers, believes Friday afternoon’s public meeting on the state of the commercial fishing industry at City Hall will cure all that ails Gloucester’s signature industry.
 
This weekend I was flipping through the channels and there was a show called “Building Alaska.” It's on the DIY Network, which I had no idea was part of my cable package -- or even existed. I write a column about this unpopular topic, and I didn’t know about it!? Clearly the DYI Network doesn’t have the press machine of the Discovery Channel/Animal Planet.
 

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. has raised about $13 million from the sale of shares to help fund operations and an ongoing legal fight in support of the proposed Pebble Mine.
 

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As trades go, this isn’t exactly guns for hostages or Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Still it’s pretty interesting.
 

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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

SeaShare, a non-profit organization that facilitates donations of seafood to feed the hungry, announced on Wednesday, July 29 that it had partnered up with Alaska seafood companies, freight companies and the Coast Guard, to coordinate the donation and delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska. 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard loaded 21,000 pounds of donated halibut on its C130 airplane in Kodiak and made the 634-mile flight to Nome.

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The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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