National Fisherman

There is no match to Alaska's diverse and productive fisheries. From Southeast to the Bering Sea, we produce half of the U.S. domestic seafood. Fisheries management might be complex but the result is simple: healthy fisheries equal more jobs than any other private sector enterprise in the state and a tax base that supports Alaska's coastal economy and communities.

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It's the time of year when Alaska's fishery meetings kick into high gear — with five set for this week alone.

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WILMINGTON, NC — The N.C. Marine Patrol arrested two fishermen after they were found with more than 16 times the legal possession limit of red drum.

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Two emaciated fishermen were recovering in a Pacific hospital today after enduring a five month ordeal drifting helplessly in an open boat.

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OFF CAPE COD — Seven fishermen are safe today after a turbine on their vessel became inoperable Monday and the Coast Guard sent a cutter to tow the ship in.

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Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.

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SALEM — Oregon is close to launching a fund to compensate commercial fisherman for financial losses and new gear they will need to purchase, as a result of the state's new fish management policy that took effect one year ago on the Lower Columbia River. Oregon and Washington are phasing out non-tribal commercial gillnet fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River by 2017, and increasing the portion of fish allocated to recreational anglers.

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Texas game wardens conducting an enhanced marine patrol of the lower Rio Grande near Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville recently seized roughly 8,000 feet of illegal gillnet.

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Get out your claw crackers and fasten your bibs — crab season has officially arrived off the Southwest Washington Coast.

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Spend a little more to put an Oregon salmon license plate on your vehicle, and your money is supposed to directly benefit the iconic fish.

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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 Gulf of Maine Research Institute is partnering with restaurants throughout the region for an Out of the Blue promotion of cape shark, also known as dogfish. Starting Friday, July 3 and running until Sunday, July 12, cape shark will be available at each participating restaurant during the 10-day event. Cape shark is abundant and well deserving of a wider market.



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As a joint Gulf of Mexico states seafood marketing effort sails into the sunset, the program’s Marketing Director has left for a job in the private seafood sector. Joanne McNeely Zaritsky, the former Marketing Director of the Gulf State Marketing Coalition, has joined St. Petersburg, FL based domestic seafood processor Captain’s Fine Foods as its new business development director to promote its USA shrimp product line.

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