National Fisherman


One of the privileges of living in Southcentral Alaska is the proximity to Prince William Sound. At the heart of the Chugach National Forest, the Sound is a vast landscape of remote islands, ancient rainforest, wild salmon and towering glaciers and mountains. It is a recreational and ecological jewel and an economic engine for the region.

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In an effort to export more Alaska products into Southeast Asian markets, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) will be sending eight seafood industry members to the region to tour facilities and give demonstrations at the end of the month.

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When researchers head out this summer and fall to test gear to reduce bycatch in shrimp trawls, they will do so with an important partner.

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With no end in sight to the now 3-month delay in California’s commercial crab season, fishermen and other businesses reliant on the usually lucrative Dungeness catch got their first bit of good news Thursday.

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If you want to sell seafood to the Asian market, the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao is a must-attend.

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Louisiana catches about 1 billion pounds of seafood every year for commercial sale, and with the demand for local seafood at an all-time high, we rely on our nation's fishery management process to ensure sustainable fisheries. Louisiana restaurants rely on locally sourced, sustainably managed seafood. Close to 70 percent of seafood harvested off the Gulf Coast is landed in Louisiana. Chances are your delicious plate of red snapper is from one of our many locally run Gulf fisheries.

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Warming and acidifying ocean waters will negatively affect many fish and shellfish stocks in the Northeast in the coming years, a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found.

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For those in the lobster industry, any sign of a return to the conditions of 2012 is cause for high anxiety.

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Most of the fish we eat in the U.S. comes from other countries. Fishermen in Louisiana have long sought to displace some of those imports but the industry has faced challenges like hurricanes and the 2010 BP oil spill.

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PORTLAND, ME—Last October, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) drastically constrained the ability of midwater trawlers to fish for herring in offshore waters for a period of more than six months, because the herring fleet had bumped up against its quota for the incidental catch of Georges Bank haddock.

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Inside the Industry

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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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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