National Fisherman

More endangered sockeye salmon have made the 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean to central Idaho's high-elevation Redfish Lake this fall than in any previous year going back nearly six decades.

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Funky-colored lobsters. Fishermen along Maine’s coast seem to be bringing in a lot more of the eye-catching crustaceans.

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The Fraser River’s sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught.
 

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Motoring into Penobscot Bay under the still-starry August sky at 5 a.m., it’s easy to understand why the lobsters beckon to Frank Gotwals. The water glistens. The quiet is encompassing, pierced only by the squawk of gulls and rumbling motors. The burnt orange sunrise washes through the sky, revealing panoramic views of a summer day tourists wait all year for.
 

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Two leading Alaska Native tribal organizations on Wednesday petitioned the federal government to dramatically lower the cap on the number of king salmon that Bering Sea commercial fishermen can harvest as bycatch in order to protect the fish.
 

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Federal regulators recommended a host of emergency restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery on Wednesday, including expansions to existing inshore spawning closures.
 

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VALDEZ - A powerful explosion destroyed a commercial  fishing boat in Valdez Wednesday night.
 
According to the Coast Guard it happened around 8:00 p.m. on the fishing boat "Fireman"

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Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SOUTH PORTLAND – A key federal panel is set to make a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fish stock.

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The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.”

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is partnering with restaurants throughout the region for an Out of the Blue promotion of cape shark, also known as dogfish. Starting Friday, July 3 and running until Sunday, July 12, cape shark will be available at each participating restaurant during the 10-day event. Cape shark is abundant and well deserving of a wider market.



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As a joint Gulf of Mexico states seafood marketing effort sails into the sunset, the program’s Marketing Director has left for a job in the private seafood sector. Joanne McNeely Zaritsky, the former Marketing Director of the Gulf State Marketing Coalition, has joined St. Petersburg, FL based domestic seafood processor Captain’s Fine Foods as its new business development director to promote its USA shrimp product line.

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