National Fisherman


When two mariners were stranded Saturday on their 52-foot, Canadian flagged sailing vessel five miles from Westport, Washington, the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flew over to help.

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Global fish catches are falling three times faster than official UN figures suggest, according to a landmark new study, with overfishing to blame.

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John Corbin, like most Oregon crabbers, had seen his livelihood put on hold after a toxic algae bloom shut down the West Coast's entire shellfish industry. After months of waiting, the state department of agriculture gave the green light for Dungeness season on Jan. 1.

Then, bad weather hit.

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Nearly 100 fishermen met this week to discuss restrictions of a lucrative New River fishery laden with old munitions that Camp Lejeune officials deemed hazardous.

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As frequently as the federal government is criticized for regulations that make it harder to keep groundfish vessels operating in the black, it is disappointing that it was state regulations that failed fishermen last week.

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A Petersburg skipper whose crew was caught on camera throwing seal bombs into a state-owned hatchery’s waters, driving salmon into his seine net, will pay more than $15,000 in a plea deal.

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The most aggressive approach to cutting king salmon bycatch on the lower Yukon River went nowhere Friday evening, but a number of more subtle approaches remain on the table.

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The Alaska Pollock fishery, the largest fishery in the United States and the largest sustainable fishery in the world, has been re-certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard.

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Recent thefts of roughly 2,700 kilograms of lobster are troubling officials in Atlantic Canada’s billion-dollar lobster fishing industry.

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On a frigid morning in a small metal-sided building, a team of specialists prepared to orchestrate an elaborate breeding routine. The work would be wet and messy, so they wore waders. Their tools included egg trays and a rubber mallet, which they used to brain a fertile female coho salmon, now hanging dead on a hook.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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