National Fisherman

When Washingtonians dig into boiled shrimp with drawn butter at a local restaurant, the odds are nearly 50-50 they won’t be eating the species of shellfish promoted on the menu.
 
Scientists say the Gulf of Maine shouldn’t be fished for northern shrimp for a second straight season because of concerns of warming ocean temperatures.
 

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration at the United States Department of Commerce has set final tilefish specifications for the Northeastern United States over the next three years. NMFS announced in the Federal Register of Oct. 29, 2014 that it has set the annual catch and landing limits and quotas for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The limits affect only commercial fisheries. They do not apply to individual recreational fishermen, but they do apply to charter boats that take people on recreational fishing trips. Those that catch tilefish incidentally are not affected either.
 

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HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu man is pleading guilty to federal charges that he slept while operating a commercial fishing boat.
 

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Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a US biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Matt Gregg has tried other lines of work away from the water, including a commute to Manhattan for the 9-to-5 office life. But for him, nothing beats farming oysters in Barnegat Bay.

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Hawaii’s longline fleet might be rejoicing about a new opportunity to catch ahi, but a coalition of environmental groups is not on board with the increased catch.

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DETROIT (AP) — The expansion of a spawning reef for lake sturgeon in the Detroit River is helping the fish population recover in the area, raising hopes for future efforts to improve the Great Lakes fishery, wildlife officials said.

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NEWPORT, Ore. — Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation say the Coast Guard has agreed to keep a rescue helicopter at Newport two weeks longer than it had planned — until Dec. 15.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Monday to reduce Maine’s 2015 allotment of American eel landings by more than 2,000 pounds, according to a state official.
 

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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.

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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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