National Fisherman


Eighteen fishermen from around New England took to the seas of Hyannis Inner Harbor on Friday for free training put on by a nonprofit group called Fishing Partnership Support Services.

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For years, George Trice watched as blue catfish numbers on the James River grew, while his blue crab catches dwindled.

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Fish pirates are coming under fire as more countries band together to stop them from pilfering the world’s oceans. So called Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing accounts for one-fifth of global catches, according to the Global Ocean Commission, valued at $10 to $25 billion each year.

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Three fishermen, including a 14-year-old boy, are rescued from their upturned boat near Bribie Islandoff the coast of Queensland, Australia.

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Erik Sandquist takes a seat at the Flatiron Saloon. He remembers coming to the San Rafael dive bar 20 years ago after T-ball practice. Every burger here is named after a sports player: You could order the Barry Bonds, Nate Thurmond or Mike Tyson.

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The deadliest catch is getting a lot less deadly.

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No one doubts that an oil spill is a serious environmental crisis. Besides being a mess, it’s often immediately deadly to birds, fish, and mammals. This body count — as grim as it sounds — is an important tool for researchers to measure the impact of the spill.

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Since publishing our study on “A scientific basis for regulation deep-sea fishing by depth“ we’ve been subjected to criticism online and in print from fisheries organisations and most recently on this website in an article by Magnus Johnson. Johnson makes general points about the benefits of sustainable fisheries, that we agree with, but his specific critique of our work falls well wide of the mark.

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Two biologists with extensive experience in the Prince William Sound region are asking the state of Alaska and federal government to retain their option to make a claim by June 2016 against Exxon for the 1989 oil spill disaster.

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Exactly 120 years ago a Danish man living near Eureka built the schooner C.A. Thayer, one of hundreds of ships used to fuel the growth of California’s cities by delivering lumber from the vast forests of the Northwest.

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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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