National Fisherman

WASHINGTON — A legislative proposal that could ease limits on fish catches in federal waters including the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic is drawing praise from fishermen who say current restrictions are hurting them economically.

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Our 6-year-old wasn’t happy about leaving the fishsite this fall. What kid wants to give up daily skiff rides and building driftwood forts and beach fires for alarm clocks and classrooms?

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As it meets this week in Houston, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is considering changes to how the Gulf red snapper fishery is allocated, or shared, between the commercial sector and the recreational sector. The change is called Amendment 28, and we recommend that the Council take a cue from medical ethics, which teaches physicians to “first, do no harm.”  

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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide Friday whether to adopt proposed boundaries that would close off the mouth of Youngs Bay to recreational fishing during the height of the Buoy 10 season.

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For decades, commercial fisheries biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game fought the idea it might be possible to pass Kenai River king salmon through Cook Inlet setnet fisheries with minimal losses. But on Saturday, a commercial setnetter offered a ray of hope. Appearing before the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Anchorage, Gary Hollier said he experimented with nets of shallower depth last summer and found they caught significantly fewer of the big Kenai salmon. The thinking is that the kings swim under the nets while red, or sockeye, salmon swim into them. Hollier suggested that a modification to setnet gear might reduce that catch of the big fish by up to 80 percent. Reds are the backbone of Cook Inlet’s $30 to $40 million commercial fishery and the primary target of setnetters.

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The face and composition of Gloucester’s historic inner harbor could change dramatically in coming decades due to substantial boundary revisions to the city’s designated port area contained in the state’s long-awaited DPA boundary review.
 

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Attorneys for the state of Georgia have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out of the latest legal battle in its 24-year fight over water rights with neighboring Florida.
 

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A new state bill filed jointly in the House by Democratic Reps. Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester and William Straus of Mattapoisett may not seem to be an earth-shaking measure when it comes to providing new legislative or regulatory help for Gloucester’s and other Massachusetts fishermen.
 

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(Reuters) - A fisherman thought to be from El Salvador who washed ashore on the Marshall Islands said he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean, drinking turtle blood and catching fish and birds with his bare hands.
 

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ANCHORAGE—Sonic tagging may help address a fisheries management problem in Upper Cook Inlet: the incidental catch of king salmon by setnetters and drift fleet fisherman who are actually after sockeye salmon off the shores of the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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