National Fisherman


Ray Richardson and other California commercial fishermen are ready to start this year's salmon season, only he faces a shorter window than last year.

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AUGUSTA — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced on Thursday plans to distribute $640,005 to Maine's groundfish fleet.

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Alaska and Pacific Northwest seafood processor Icicle Seafoods of Seattle made three senior management appointments on Thursday, including naming Chris Ruettgers as the new CEO.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A plan to update federal fishing laws has sparked a debate among fishermen and conservationists about whether proposed changes will undo years of work to rebuild key fish populations.

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WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood & IFFO) — April 30, 2015 — A cooperative spirit abounded at this spring's seafood conferences, including the international SeaWeb Seafood Summit in New Orleans, where representatives of the commercial fishing industry joined environmental organizations and others for a series of events overviewing the future of sustainable seafood. A new video produced by Saving Seafood features enlightening interviews with award-winning conference participant Dr. Andrew Jackson, of IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organization, and lauded explorer Fabien Cousteau.

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Fishermen are still pulling traps in the final two weeks of stone-crab season, but early indications suggest a step toward a return to normal harvests.

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NEW BEDFORD — Two fishermen — the first to assist a man who fell in the water off State Pier on Tuesday — said "the real hero" in the rescue were the life rings installed along the city's waterfront after the deaths of two fishermen in 2008.

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A repeal of a state turtle-excluder device enforcement prohibition passed Wednesday (April 29) through the state House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The bill would repeal state legislation adopted in 1987 that prohibits Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents from enforcing federal turtle-excluder device regulations.

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A diverse group of halibut users is appealing to Alaska's congressional delegation to support their appeal for significant reductions in the incidental catch of these fish in order to allow directed halibut fisheries to remain open and viable.

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The 2015 fishing season was still two days away from its Friday opening, but for Paul Vitale the dawning of the new season didn't seem all that different than the way the desultory 2014 fishing season closed. Deja vu. All over again.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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