National Fisherman

LITTLE EGG HARBOR — Matt Gregg has tried other lines of work away from the water, including a commute to Manhattan for the 9-to-5 office life. But for him, nothing beats farming oysters in Barnegat Bay.

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Hawaii’s longline fleet might be rejoicing about a new opportunity to catch ahi, but a coalition of environmental groups is not on board with the increased catch.

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DETROIT (AP) — The expansion of a spawning reef for lake sturgeon in the Detroit River is helping the fish population recover in the area, raising hopes for future efforts to improve the Great Lakes fishery, wildlife officials said.

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NEWPORT, Ore. — Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation say the Coast Guard has agreed to keep a rescue helicopter at Newport two weeks longer than it had planned — until Dec. 15.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Monday to reduce Maine’s 2015 allotment of American eel landings by more than 2,000 pounds, according to a state official.
 

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Reef Fish Amendment 40, a move in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to divide the annual recreational red snapper quota in the Gulf's vast federal waters between private anglers and "for-hire" charter boat operations, passed by a 10-7 vote in the final hours of the council's quarterly meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama.
 

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Oct. 27--The state's application for the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid includes about $3 million for an expanded group of federal permit holders and another $3 million that represents the first direct assistance to crew members.
 

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Researchers have discovered a simple but extraordinarily effective means of keeping threatened eulachon out of fishing nets trawling for pink shrimp: light up their escape route. 
 
CHESTERTOWN — Mike Vlahovich, the founder and former director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance, will share his lifelong appreciation for wooden boats and the watermen’s culture when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Hosted by the Center for Environment & Society, he will speak in Hynson Lounge at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow.
 

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WASHINGTON – The full plate awaiting the next Congress includes a heaping side of fish.

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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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