National Fisherman

NEWPORT, Ore. — Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation say the Coast Guard has agreed to keep a rescue helicopter at Newport two weeks longer than it had planned — until Dec. 15.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted Monday to reduce Maine’s 2015 allotment of American eel landings by more than 2,000 pounds, according to a state official.
 

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Reef Fish Amendment 40, a move in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to divide the annual recreational red snapper quota in the Gulf's vast federal waters between private anglers and "for-hire" charter boat operations, passed by a 10-7 vote in the final hours of the council's quarterly meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama.
 

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Oct. 27--The state's application for the second phase of federal fishery disaster aid includes about $3 million for an expanded group of federal permit holders and another $3 million that represents the first direct assistance to crew members.
 

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Researchers have discovered a simple but extraordinarily effective means of keeping threatened eulachon out of fishing nets trawling for pink shrimp: light up their escape route. 
 
CHESTERTOWN — Mike Vlahovich, the founder and former director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance, will share his lifelong appreciation for wooden boats and the watermen’s culture when he visits Washington College on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Hosted by the Center for Environment & Society, he will speak in Hynson Lounge at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow.
 

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WASHINGTON – The full plate awaiting the next Congress includes a heaping side of fish.

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New Castle, N.H. — Two New Hampshire fishermen and reality TV stars saved fellow fishermen in a sinking ship last Sunday.

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TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The booming lobster processing business in Maine is struggling to find and retain good workers.

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Not all Alaska pollock comes from Alaska.

Some of the fish, a source of deep pride for Alaskans, is harvested in Russian waters. Some is caught off the coast of Japan and Korea. But no matter its origin, federal regulations allow any walleye pollock distributed, sold, and consumed in the United States, whether in the form of fish sticks or a miso-glazed filet, to bear a label that calls Alaska home.

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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

SeaShare, a non-profit organization that facilitates donations of seafood to feed the hungry, announced on Wednesday, July 29 that it had partnered up with Alaska seafood companies, freight companies and the Coast Guard, to coordinate the donation and delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska. 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard loaded 21,000 pounds of donated halibut on its C130 airplane in Kodiak and made the 634-mile flight to Nome.

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The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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