National Fisherman

As trades go, this isn’t exactly guns for hostages or Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Still it’s pretty interesting.
 
A thick coat of fog settled over the surface of the ocean. It was a picturesque morning in late December at Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay, and seagulls were perched in a row on the rooftop of the harbormaster's office.
 

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A good Samaritan found Stock Island fisherman Dennis Dallmeyer's boat Monday night washed up on a shallow sandbar off Miami, and federal agents were sent there Tuesday to investigate, federal officials said.
 

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Two Crisfield watermen were charged Monday by the Maryland Natural Resources Police with illegally harvesting oysters from protected waters.
 

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The federal appeals court in New Orleans has narrowly refused to review its ruling that puts BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on the hook for paying federal pollution fines related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. In a 7-6 vote announced Friday, the 5th Circuit Court denied BP's request that the full court review the decision, which had been made by a three-judge panel of the court.
 

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ANCHORAGE – A second wave of fisheries disaster funds for Alaska has been approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 

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PLYMOUTH – Half-submerged in the ocean east of Scituate, the canary-yellow glider with swept-back wings looked like little more than someone’s errant model plane. But appearances can be deceiving, especially in this electronic age where more and more sophisticated technology is being loaded into ever smaller and sleeker packages.
 

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Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably for sockeye salmon and crab.
 

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Why have salmon been pouring back into the Columbia River in record numbers recently while returns to the Washington coast and Puget Sound continue to drop? One big reason is that for the past decade someone in a position of authority has been in charge of protecting and restoring Columbia River salmon.
 

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Beachgoers looking for a Christmas walk on Anna Maria Island a few weeks ago got an unpleasant surprise: thousands of dead, rotting fish littering the 9-mile coastline from top to bottom.
 

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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

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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