National Fisherman


WILMINGTON, NC -- A new law urges all coastal community colleges to offer courses on commercial fishing and aquaculture. The law states commercial fishing brings fresh, local seafood to the market and is a mainstay of the coastal economy.

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Proposals for managing the southern flounder fishery, including a possible gill net ban, has both sides of the issue gathering forces in advance of Wednesday’s public hearing.

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EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Regulators are one step closer to establishing a limited shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine.

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Though federal investigators have yet to pinpoint the precise cause of last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill, the basic story is becoming less and less mysterious.

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Twenty minutes before the San Diego Tuna Harbor Dockside Market was set to open, the line was 75 people deep and starting to curl past the pier. The crowd here last Saturday didn't come for the local sand dabs or trap-caught black cod. They were bargain hunters looking to score freshly caught, whole Pacific bluefin tuna for the unbelievably low price of only $2.99 a pound.

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Louisiana's oyster industry is eagerly awaiting the first season of production at the state's new $3 million oyster hatchery on Grand Isle.

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BETHEL — King salmon are starting to arrive along Western Alaska’s two major rivers, and amid deep worries about the cherished but troubled runs, hints of hope are emerging.

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This week, pictures of the badly corroded pipeline responsible for spilling more than 100,000 gallons of oil along the south coast were finally released.

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NEW BEDFORD — Members of New Bedford’s historic fishing industry stepped firmly into the city’s casino debate Wednesday night, voicing opposition and raising concerns about the $650 million waterfront proposal during a passionate forum at the Zeiterion, where strong support for the development also was heard from many attendees.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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