National Fisherman


As demand for seafood rises, chefs have their seafood supplier on speed dial. And while species like tuna, cod, and halibut are popular, these days, the daily catch on the blackboard might be something unfamiliar — squirrel fish or the banded rudderfish. Don't be scared off. Most likely it's bycatch or trash fish. While perfectly edible and quite tasty, these fish are so named because they might otherwise be thrown overboard or ground into fishmeal because they aren't the intended catch on commercial fishing boats.

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Crabbers’ fears of a diving quota came true with the third-lowest snow crab harvest limit since 2005.

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An SNP MP has called on the Scottish government to delay its planned introduction later this year of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Federal prosecutors have charged a Wrangell father and son who run a family-owned Gulf of Alaska fishing business with fishing thousands of pounds of halibut from one area but reporting their catches came from another.

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BAR HARBOR – The dispute over whether licensed wormers and clammers may pursue their prey on the mudflats of Acadia National Park is on hold while state and federal lawyers sort out who controls the intertidal zone.

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WESTERLY, R.I. — A hired crew from New Jersey was piloting the 60-foot yacht that collided with a small fishing boat off Napatree Point last month, fatally injuring an 81-year-old fisherman from Stonington, Conn., investigators said Tuesday.

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If the fishing industry had a CEO, Dr. Bill Hogarth, Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), is convinced he would not last a month. He firmly believes the operating pattern for the whole industry needs to be re-examined and the industry needs to start stepping up to the role of a multi-billion dollar economic powerhouse.

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JONESPORT, Maine — U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating why a 35-foot lobster boat sank overnight Monday near the Jonesport Bridge.

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It's a crisp sunny morning in early October in the Washington County town of Pembroke and Tim Sheehan walks briskly across an empty parking lot to greet me. He'd been expecting good news about clam flats in northwestern Cobscook Bay being reopened, but instead of a parking lot full of diggers delivering clams to Gulf of Maine Inc., the seafood business on Route 1 he co-owns with his wife, Amy, there's just a quiet sunlit absence.

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U.S. Coast Guard planes and ships are circling the Pacific right now, enforcing brand new rules for commercial fishing.

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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