National Fisherman

Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively has maintained for years that his company will submit its application soon.

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St. Mary Parish, La. - Dr. Robert Twilley, an LSU coastal scientist, grabs a handful of river sediment, the building blocks for one of the newest places on earth.

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HARTFORD -- In the wake of five reported illnesses, the state agriculture department has shut 22 shellfish beds in Norwalk and Westport and instituted a so far voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested since July 3.

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Turn on a light in your home and imagine it is powered by an old, ripped fishing net.

Hard to imagine?

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recently announced opening dates for the oyster season this fall.

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No one in the lobster world, at least so far, expects a repeat of last summer's crisis, when early molting in Maine flooded the market with an oversupply of soft-shell lobsters. The glut helped drive the boat prices paid to Maine and Canadian lobstermen to historic lows. This summer, the general consensus in the industry is that fishermen up and down the Maine coast are hauling in fewer lobsters overall. But that hasn't done much to improve prices. State and industry officials say this a natural byproduct of a rising supply of lobsters outpacing demand. But frustrated fishermen on both sides of border believe dealers are conspiring to fix prices. Jay Field reports.

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In a Fox News editorial from last week, a key champion of a potential giant copper mine in southern Alaska urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from politicizing an imminent permit application.

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LOS ANGELES — Commercial fishermen have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for abandoning a program to create an "otter-free zone" in Southern California coastal waters that sustain shellfish industries.

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The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force is recommending fishermen be allowed to accidentally catch four active crab traps and not have to return them to the ocean until they're done fishing.

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Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) completed and submitted a status report on the Florida Gulf Coast oyster disaster to the National Marine Fisheries Service. The report supports the Governor's request to the United States Secretary of Commerce to declare a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster for Florida's oyster-harvesting areas in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly those in Apalachicola Bay.

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National Fisherman Live

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

National Fisherman Live: 4/8/14

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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