National Fisherman

VINALHAVEN, Me. — Late last year, Magnus Lane, a lobsterman with the propensity for wearing pirate-themed pajama pants around this rocky island town, found himself at the end of his rope. A glut of lobsters during the previous summer had pushed lobster prices to a 40-year low, while the cost of bait, fuel and complying with state and federal regulations seemed to creep ever upward.

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Consumer and environmental activists, facing likely defeat in their bid to block government approval of the first genetically engineered salmon, are trying a different tack to keep the fish off America's dinner plates: Getting retailers not to sell it.

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There's a naval war brewing off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and the next battle will be in New Orleans at the end of the month.

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The Massachusetts Senate has approved a $50,000 appropriation that, if also approved by the House, will help fund a state Division of Marine Fisheries plan to stave off further erosion of the state's commercial fishing industry.

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There is, it seems, more bad news coming out of the ocean than fish.
 
In yet another blow to local commercial fishermen who work the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season, it appears the 2013-14 shrimping season may be even more dismal than last year’s abbreviated and paltry campaign.
 
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Participants in Alaska's famous red king crab fishery are finally close to heading out into the Bering Sea, now that the federal government's partial shutdown is behind them.
 
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has fired back after Louisiana shrimp were “red-listed” by a California aquarium's seafood program that's popular with environmentally conscious people and followed by national retailers.
 
PANAMA CITY — If you don’t own a boat, it shouldn’t stop you from eating fish.
 
That’s how local fishing boat captain Billy Archer described the goals of “Share the Gulf,” a new coalition striving to maintain access for commercial anglers in the Gulf waters.
 
HUDSON — Within 17 hours of each other, two men were plucked from the Gulf of Mexico along the North Suncoast after having chest pains aboard fishing vessels.
 

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Two days into Florida's stone crab season, it already looks grim. Few crabs plus huge demand equals stratospheric prices.
 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 7/17/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Mike Hillers about the Simrad PX Multisensor.

 

National Fisherman Live: 7/8/14

In this episode:

  • Obama proposes initiative on tracking fish
  • Council retains haddock bycatch limit
  • Columbia River salmon plan challenged
  • Virginia approves reduction in blue crab harvest
  • Ala. shrimpers hope to net some jumbo profits

 

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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