National Fisherman

Two men were rescued Tuesday after escaping from a burning lobster boat near Crane Island off Vinalhaven, said Coast Guard officials.

This month, Congress announced it would work to reduce the financial strain on commercial fishermen who participated in a federal buyback of permits and fishing boats, mostly draggers, in California back in 2003.
 

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COLUMBIA ESTUARY — The female chum salmon doesn’t look good. It’s ragged, heavy with eggs, flopping its way up Stewart Creek in Clatskanie, Ore., on an early December day, searching for somewhere to spawn before it dies.
 

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The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree is a tradition that only a historic fishing community like Gloucester could pull off. This year, the Jewish community at the city’s Temple Ahavat Achim wanted to join the holiday excitement — and thus was born the idea for the Lobster Trap Menorah.
 

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PASS CHRISTIAN -- Work doesn't really feel like work for Adam Toler, for he spends six days a week surrounded by the Mississippi Sound. He and his small crew leave the Pass Christian Harbor around sunrise each morning and return in the early afternoon with sacks of oysters to sell to seafood dealers as soon as they hit the harbor launch again.
 

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PORTLAND (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.
 

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Herpes has devastated 26 percent of France’s oyster production since the summer of 2008. Halfway around the world in Australia, the virus killed 10 million oysters in three days.
 
The shrimping industry’s impact on Kemp’s ridley sea turtles is at an all-time low, according to a recent study by fisheries management expert Benny Gallaway, one of the presenters at the International Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium that took place in Brownsville last month.
 

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Think about wearing a life jacket to work. What comes to mind? Do you think cool, comfortable, and easy-to-work in? Or, are you more inclined to think of life jackets as cumbersome, uncomfortable, and interfering? If you are leaning toward the latter, you’re right on track with what NIOSH heard from commercial fishermen back in 2008.
 

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PORTLAND, Me. — In the vast gulf that arcs from Massachusetts’s shores to Canada’s Bay of Fundy, cod was once king. It paid for fishermen’s boats, fed their families and put their children through college. In one halcyon year in the mid-1980s, the codfish catch reached 25,000 tons.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input for a proposed action to protect unmanaged forage species.

The proposed action would consider a prohibition on the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries on unmanaged forage species in the Mid-Atlantic until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.

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The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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