National Fisherman


BAR HARBOR – The dispute over whether licensed wormers and clammers may pursue their prey on the mudflats of Acadia National Park is on hold while state and federal lawyers sort out who controls the intertidal zone.

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WESTERLY, R.I. — A hired crew from New Jersey was piloting the 60-foot yacht that collided with a small fishing boat off Napatree Point last month, fatally injuring an 81-year-old fisherman from Stonington, Conn., investigators said Tuesday.

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If the fishing industry had a CEO, Dr. Bill Hogarth, Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), is convinced he would not last a month. He firmly believes the operating pattern for the whole industry needs to be re-examined and the industry needs to start stepping up to the role of a multi-billion dollar economic powerhouse.

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JONESPORT, Maine — U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating why a 35-foot lobster boat sank overnight Monday near the Jonesport Bridge.

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It's a crisp sunny morning in early October in the Washington County town of Pembroke and Tim Sheehan walks briskly across an empty parking lot to greet me. He'd been expecting good news about clam flats in northwestern Cobscook Bay being reopened, but instead of a parking lot full of diggers delivering clams to Gulf of Maine Inc., the seafood business on Route 1 he co-owns with his wife, Amy, there's just a quiet sunlit absence.

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U.S. Coast Guard planes and ships are circling the Pacific right now, enforcing brand new rules for commercial fishing.

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If you read their press releases recently, you would get the impression that the Pebble Limited Partnership is having a very good bit of luck. That’s because a bought-and-paid for “independent” report by former Defense Secretary William Cohen stated that the company was treated “unfairly” by the Environmental Protection Agency and the people of Bristol Bay.

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Tina Gray of Deer Isle recalls when picking and selling crabmeat was a prevalent cottage industry along the Maine coast. She and other lobstermen’s wives routinely picked and packaged crab meat at their kitchen sinks, she said, but many got out of the trade years ago when new federal rules for seafood processing went into place.

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering delegating some red snapper management authority to states.  Alabama Marine Resources Officials contend they are better suited to manage red snapper fishery than the federal government.

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The state has a new director of commercial fisheries. Long-time Fish and Game employee Scott Kelley takes over Wednesday, replacing Jeff Regnart, who retired at the start of October.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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