National Fisherman

According to a deal announced last week, Massachusetts will receive nearly half of the federal disaster relief funds coming to the Northeast groundfish industry. Nobody thinks it will solve the fishery's problems.
 

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RALEIGH — The state Senate has passed a budget bill that includes a new commercial fishing fund proposed by the N.C. Fisheries Association and backed by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission. 
 

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Environmental activists and a local legislator are urging Rutgers University to halt a seismic testing study planned for this summer, saying it would be detrimental to marine life and the local fishing industry.
 

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A mainstay West Coast fishery is now certified sustainable after diminished stocks 14 years ago forced the federal government to declare a disaster.
 

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NOME — Western Alaska fishermen hoping for improved king salmon runs in 2014 will be disappointed again, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
 

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp on June 10, Georgia's Division of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams has announced Tuesday.
 

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STONINGTON, Maine — The head of the Maine Department of Marine Resources plans to suspend the license of an Orland lobsterman who is accused of keeping illegal lobsters and of molesting another fisherman’s gear, according to state officials.
 

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Stew Taylor caught this week’s quota of halibut in no time at all.
 
Longlining about six kilometers off Digby Gut he caught a 252-pound halibut at the end of his first tub and starting on the second tub, he caught a 176-pounder.
 

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Fishing advocates are questioning why the direct assistance contained in the federal fishery disaster aid plan is going to take so long to get to eligible fishermen and permit holders.
 

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Inside a colossal assembly and production hall in Ketchikan, with the newly built commercial fishing vessel Arctic Prowler towering over a patriotic stage, Governor Sean Parnell spoke to a special achievement for Alaska.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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