National Fisherman

SEATTLE — In January, the International Pacific Halibut Commission put a Band-Aid on a Bering Sea halibut situation that needs a blood transfusion from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

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The Chesapeake Bay blue crab population is reeling, facing some of the lowest numbers in history. Officials are desperately hoping that steps taken to protect females last year will allow the fishery to rebound from the edge of disaster. But those efforts are also mired in a debate over the best way to protect the crabs.

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TOKYO — The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says that the export of Japanese agricultural, fishery and food products hit a record high in 2014.

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This week, salmon fishermen from Bristol Bay voiced their concerns about the way their fishing industry has been depicted in the newest of the seemingly never-ending stream of “reality” TV shows.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting a disabled 45-foot commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico 98 miles northwest of Tampa Bay, Florida, Wednesday. The distressed fishing vessel was already in progress of towing another craft when the call for help was received.
 

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An Australian-flagged fishing vessel is stuck in Antarctic ice, with New Zealand authorities dispatching a US Coast Guard icebreaker to rescue it.
 

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WARRENTON — Warning of a potentially substantial disruption, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has recommended that Oregon LNG perform a thorough analysis of the impact of its proposed terminal on commercial and recreational fishing in the Columbia River.
 
A political tsunami is building in the South Pacific over the growing presence of Chinese fishing boats.
 

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Most people think of the Cortez Commerical Fishing Festival as full day of great live music, activities for kids and adults and, of course, tons of fresh-from-the-boat seafood.
 

A Rhode Island representative has submitted legislation to study the effects of ocean acidification on Rhode Island.

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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

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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