National Fisherman


Beneath the glittering surface of Biscayne Bay, a menace lurks, wiping out fragile seagrass habitat, catching and killing as brutally, efficiently and indiscriminately as any monster from the deep: ghost traps.

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VANCOUVER - Strategic fishery closures and marine habitat protection are part of a proposed plan by the federal government to protect the threatened killer whales off Canada's West Coast.

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NEW BEDFORD — Indicted fishing magnate Carlos Rafael has been granted a later curfew to work longer hours this summer, according to court documents.

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Apparently one message from locals was heard by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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FRIENDSHIP — As I gear up to head back out onto the ocean, hoping for another strong lobster season, I’m reminded just how much these waters have changed.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointments of Buck Laukitis and Theresa Peterson to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council June 27, further strengthening Gov. Bill Walker’s fisheries management position on preserving local fisheries participation in coastal Alaska.

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BETHEL – For the first time since 1960, for as long as the state has managed fisheries, a season's worth of salmon will travel up rivers in the Kuskokwim Delta this year with no opportunity for local residents to catch them commercially.

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Dietary supplements maker Omega Protein Corp's shareholders elected two nominees of activist investor Wynnefield Capital to the company's board, ending a months-long proxy battle.

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon had a slow start since it's opening on June 8, but seems to have picked up in the past weeks. Sockeye landings in Bristol Bay this season to date have totaled 343,000 fish on the 2016 Blue Sheet from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, reports Kyla Ganton in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

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The currents of the Salish Sea may bring invaders into Puget Sound — European green crabs hidden beneath the water, blending in with native crabs.

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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

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Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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