National Fisherman


The Alaska Pollock fishery, the largest fishery in the United States and the largest sustainable fishery in the world, has been re-certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard.

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Recent thefts of roughly 2,700 kilograms of lobster are troubling officials in Atlantic Canada’s billion-dollar lobster fishing industry.

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On a frigid morning in a small metal-sided building, a team of specialists prepared to orchestrate an elaborate breeding routine. The work would be wet and messy, so they wore waders. Their tools included egg trays and a rubber mallet, which they used to brain a fertile female coho salmon, now hanging dead on a hook.

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Fishing vessels tied up in New Bedford but not allowed to unload part of their catch this week suggest one more weakness in our fishing regulations that is ripe for remedy.

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The Department of Marine Resources in-season surveys conducted on Jan. 7 and 8, in specific scallop-fishing regions observed significant declines in scallop biomass densities, according to a Jan. 14 news release.They also determined that seed scallops were being illegally taken.

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His face and lips went numb in seconds, but that was the least of Wayne Hardy’s worries as he disappeared beneath the ocean’s surface, diving to a bed of sea urchins 14 metres below.

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On a bitterly cold morning amid the grim stillness that has replaced the usual hustle and bustle of local marinas this winter, Frank Blagg hung his head over a near-empty soda can as he pondered life out in front of the local chowder shop.

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JUNEAU — A government watchdog found no evidence of bias in how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted a study on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-class salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

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MARSHFIELD -- Most local lobstermen have pulled their gear from the water, but they are keeping a close eye on the State House, where lawmakers are poised to change how lobsters are processed and consumed in Massachusetts.

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Marine protected areas around the world are failing to protect most of the evolutionary diversity of the world's coral and fish, a new study has found.

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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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