National Fisherman


Seafood employs more people in Southcentral than mining in the entire state, pays out more in Anchorage than construction, and has enough management and logistics infrastructure in Anchorage to rival that of Seattle, according to a new report.

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Every year, the public pays about $4 million to cover the cost of putting human “at-sea” monitors aboard New England groundfish boats.

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Dozens of commercial fishermen and recreational anglers told the Marine Fisheries Commission Wednesday just what they thought about a set of proposals to manage the southern flounder fishery.

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A one handed clap best describes the reaction to the 43,000 signature drop off by anti-salmon setnet advocates at the Division of Elections last week.

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Thailand's seafood sector and trade associations will unite to fight illegal fishing and human trafficking in an attempt to restore the industry's reputation tarnished by instances of forced labour and violence, representatives said on Tuesday.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — Despite a letter from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is not looking to extend the federal recreational red snapper season for 2015.

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SEARSPORT, Maine — Lobstermen, environmentalists and others concerned about the health of upper Penobscot Bay crowded into Searsport District High School cafeteria Tuesday night to share their thoughts about a proposed $12 million Searsport Harbor dredging project.

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MENEMSHA — A 33-foot fishing boat sank about 150 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard after it collided with another boat on Monday, according to a Coast Guard official.

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NEWPORT – The council that oversees the region’s fishing industry voted Tuesday to reopen vast swaths of Georges Bank to fishing, a decision decried by environmentalists as a blow to conservation efforts, but lauded by fisherman as a boon to their business.

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has filed a complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief in U.S. District Court in an effort to halt Rutgers University’s seismic survey, currently underway in the ocean approximately 15 to 50 miles southeast of Barnegat Inlet.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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