National Fisherman


PORTLAND, MAINE — What happens when a fisherman tosses a fish back overboard?

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Catches of pollock, cod, flounders and other groundfish accounted for 84 percent of Alaska’s harvest poundage last year.

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Whether you blame it on climate change, a misalignment of the stars or Donald Trump, the weather so far in December has been unusually fair and that has some Maine lobster dealers sweating.

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Michael Chernow doesn’t want people to step inside Seamore’s, his fish-fixated restaurant on the rim of Little Italy, worrying that they’re about to get a heap of science homework dumped onto the table.

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Cod have been disappearing from the waters between Massachusetts and Maine, and shrimp populations are so depleted that the commercial shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine has been cancelled for the last three years.

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Washington’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open in coastal waters Jan. 4 after a month-long delay caused by high levels of domoic acid, which can cause illness in humans, state shellfish managers announced Monday.

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The waters off Hancock and Washington County have been very productive for lobster fishermen in the last few years. And when business is good, more people want in.

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Most areas in Southeast closed to commercial fall fishing for Dungeness crab on Nov. 30.

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With cod at historically low population levels and commercial fishermen limited to landings that are just a fraction of what they once were, the recreational catch is now believed to account for as much as one-third of total landings of Gulf of Maine cod.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is closer to embarking on its planned sampling program for the endangered Gulf of Maine northern shrimp stock and is looking for trawl and trap vessels to help collect shrimp and data.

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Inside the Industry

The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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