National Fisherman


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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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — When Maine's lobsters start shedding their shells, restaurant owner Steve Kingston goes to the docks with a message for lobstermen: bring 'em to me.

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The Magnuson-Stevens Act is up for its periodic reauthorization.

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With Father's Day looming, consumers' appetite for steamed crabs is growing.

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Thousands of red tuna crabs washed onto Southern California beaches Sunday, repeating a phenomenon experts say occurs with warmer ocean temperatures.

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TOKYO — The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing in its waters, has set fire to four boats belonging to Vietnamese caught poaching sea cucumbers and other marine life in its waters.

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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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