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YARMOUTH – The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline – possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.
 

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The opening of Alaska’s largest herring fishery, in Togiak, is approaching with a down forecast and talk of major processors lowering their capacity to prepare.
 

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Eight members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have taken a page out of Gov. Deval Patrick's very thin playbook dedicated to helping the fishermen by penning a letter to the wonderfully alliterative Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, urging PP to get off the dime and get the $75 million in fishing disaster aid rolling to the affected areas _ and on a state-by-state basis rather than regionally.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine —It appears only a few logistical hurdles are all that stand in the way of a new lobster processing plant opening up along Portland’s Maine State Pier.
 

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SNEADS FERRY — As the cold weather kept a grip on the area, Sneads Ferry’s fish houses were quiet.
 
They worked on equipment, readied boats and otherwise prepared for the boats to start running and fishing to start. A long winter that seems to have continued into spring has had them waiting a bit longer than usual.
 

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Oysters have grown in the Great Bay and Little Bay of NH’s seacoast for generations, yet it’s only been recently that commercial oyster farms have sprung up there. The fledgling industry boasts eight oyster farms that are in high demand due to the farm-to-table trend and growing interest in farmer's markets.
 

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A study rocking the commercial fishing world suggests that at least 20 percent and as much as 32 percent of wild-caught imported fish are "illegally" caught, killed and sold into the U.S. market.
 

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Two weeks following a public hearing held by the Department of Natural Resources for Dorchester County residents, the county council is pulling out all the stops to prevent fossilized oyster shell from being spread in the Little Choptank.
 

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Four years ago this month, BP's (NYSE: BP [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The accident killed 11 people, injured 17 more and sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
 

A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release two volumes of a four-volume report on the disaster on June 5.

The Chemical Safety Board said in a Friday news release that the focus of its investigation is to prevent such accidents in the future. The CSB says it launched the investigation at the request of Congress to examine technical factors in the accident, along with "organizational and cultural" factors that may have contributed.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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