National Fisherman


A lobsterman was forced to jump overboard after his vessel caught fire just off Plum Island on Friday morning.

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The first year of a three-year experiment allowing commercial fishing for whitefish in southern Lake Huron is wrapping up.

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Buoyed by this year’s strong lobster season, high prices and “booming” Chinese demand for live lobster, Stonington, Maine-based Greenhead Lobster is considering an entry into processing to expand its business.

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State regulators are reviving a program to test the mercury levels of fish caught in Louisiana waters, providing consumers with updated warnings for the first time since 2008.

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A man operating a lobster vessel off Crane Beach in Ipswich was uninjured after he jumped into the water when his boat caught fire Friday morning, the Coast Guard said.

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Taking an extraordinary step Friday to protect the public from a dangerous toxin, the California Fish and Wildlife Department shuttered the state's cherished commercial Dungeness crab industry, delivering a cruel punch to the Bay Area's hard-luck fishermen.

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LINABUAN SUR, the Philippines — When Eril Andrade left this small village, he was healthy and hoping to earn enough on a fishing boat on the high seas to replace his mother’s leaky roof.

Seven months later, his body was sent home in a wooden coffin: jet black from having been kept in a fish freezer aboard a ship for more than a month, missing an eye and his pancreas, and covered in cuts and bruises, which an autopsy report concluded had been inflicted before death.

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Next year’s Bristol Bay sockeye return could number 46.5 million.

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A commercial fisherman from Levittown has been sentenced to 7 months in prison for his role in a scheme to underreport his fishing catch to take some $632,000 in illegal fluke.

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B.C.’s crab fishermen are waiting to see if demand picks up for their catch as the presence of an algae-borne toxin postpones much of California’s crab fishing.

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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