National Fisherman


DEER ISLE — Local fishing authorities in Maine’s busiest lobster region say newcomers must wait for someone else to give up their license before they can set traps in local waters.

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The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire Thursday morning off the coast of Jonesport, Maine.

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BEAUFORT — A new community-supported fishery has opened in Carteret County, with a focus on providing seafood to local residents and visitors.

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SEATTLE (KOMO) — A new commercial fishing vessel, built in Washington, is charting new territory for sustainability and crew safety.

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Last year's disastrous local Dungeness crab season — in which fisheries were not allowed to open until March, typically the natural end of the season in these parts — is not likely to be repeated as the algal blooms associated with above-normal ocean temperatures on the Pacific coast look to be occurring only in hot spots, and may dissipate by the time the crabbing season typically begins around November 15. As the Chronicle reports, while ocean temps are three degrees above average, that's nothing compared to the eight to ten-degree spikes that were seen around this time last year, and crab fisherman and state officials are cautiously optimistic that health risks related to the domoic acid in all that red algae won't delay crab season as much this year.

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The scientific arm of the European Union says there is enough evidence to move forward with a review of Sweden’s request to declare the American lobster an invasive species.

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Sean McDonald’s heart sank when he got the text last week.

“I was shocked and dismayed,” said the University of Washington shellfish and crab expert, “I was really hoping that we’d have more time.”

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The oysters came up in the dredge like I hadn't seen them in 50 years (and rarely even back then): huge and clumped together and bedecked with sponges and all manner of marine organisms, including younger oysters, thriving in the niches of the natural reef we'd just busted into.

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Two commercial fishermen — brothers from Homestead — with a history of fisheries violations were nabbed by state wildlife officers Sunday afternoon poaching lobster in the Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary.

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Wheels are already in motion to provide two measures of relief for Alaska’s pink salmon industry, which is reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s. 

Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) began the process last week to have the Walker Administration declare the pink salmon season a disaster, which would allow access to federal relief funds.

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Inside the Industry

SeaWeb and Diversified Communications are accepting proposals to present at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit up until Friday, September 30.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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