National Fisherman


A local fish conservation authority is upset federal officials opened a coastal commercial fishery for sockeye salmon, a move which it says goes against previous decisions.

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Commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fisheries are open again north of Point Chehalis after being closed for nearly a month, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Aug. 28. The southern portion of the coast, however, including waters off Pacific County, is still closed to crabbing; levels of the marine toxin domoic acid remain high in crabs and razor clams here.

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A US judge ruled against the US arms of Oceana and Greenpeace in a lawsuit in which the NGOs sought declaratory and injunctive relief against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), US Department of Commerce, and others, challenging recent authorization of increased industrial fishing in the western and central Aleutian Islands.

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Many Cape Cod fishermen, operating under shrunken quotas for cod, have shifted their focus to catching other fish species such as dogfish, skate and monkfish.

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A battle between salmon fishermen, environmentalists and the gold mining industry has been brewing for more than a decade in a remote part of Southwest Alaska where the Arctic tundra meets the wetlands, grizzly bears and caribou roam and rivers rich with fish spill out into Bristol Bay.

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When the Monterey Bay Aquarium was first getting underway, local fisherman Giuseppe “Joey” Pennisi helped catch some of the octopus and ling cod to put in the tanks.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation has picked Atlanta-based Americold to construct and operate a refrigerated storage facility at the city’s International Marine Terminal where Icelandic shipper Eimskip operates.

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President Obama on Tuesday will propose speeding the acquisition and building of new Coast Guard icebreakers that can operate year-round in the nation’s polar regions, part of an effort to close the gap between the United States and other nations, especially Russia, in a global competition to gain a foothold in the rapidly changing Arctic.

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I'm an angler and surfer. I spend every moment I can spare on the water with my two sons, who fish and surf with me in Florida's beautiful offshore waters. They're developing a strong love for the ocean, which makes me proud and allows me to share a culture with them that ties us closely to the water.

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The harvest of spiny lobster off the Florida Keys has never been better, but the price fishermen are being paid is down significantly so far because the Asian market has yet to take off this season.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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