National Fisherman

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Group is launching a new satellite tagging project targeting ahi or bigeye tuna off the Kona Coast. The project aims to catch, tag and release five ahi of at least 70 pounds or larger.

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How is this for a fish story? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, millions of pounds of fish caught by Russian fishermen on Russian vessels in Russian waters each year are labeled and sold in the U.S. as "Alaska pollock." Surveys have shown that consumers overwhelmingly think this means their fish is from Alaska. But it isn’t.

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So far in October, average Urner Barry prices for 6-8 kilo whole, frozen H&G toothfish are at record levels up over 14 percent from 2013. Meanwhile, frozen 6 oz. toothfish portion prices are averaging $15.10 per pound this month, up about 7 percent from last year and the highest since 2012.

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Warming oceans will shift ocean fish populations away from the tropics and towards the poles, perhaps creating new fisheries in Arctic waters, according to a study conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia and reported on by the CBC.

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The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to south of Oregon Inlet.

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TIGNISH, Prince Edward Island—In Atlantic Canada, a few millimeters of lobster shell have some people seeing red.

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The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico hasn't gone away and likely won't until regulations are enacted to curtail farm field runoff of nitrogen fertilizer, says Matt Rota, the senior policy director for the Gulf Restoration Network, based in New Orleans.

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FRISCO — A long-running battle over an oyster farm at Pt. Reyes National Seashore may be winding down. The National Park Service says a settlement agreement would, if approved by a federal court, would require the Drake Bay Oyster Company to cease operations by the end of the year.

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WITH CODFISH at their lowest level in history, it is hard to give credence to fishermen and political leaders who believe New England's iconic catch would be just fine if only nosy researchers and regulators would get out of the way.

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RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Oct. 11, 2014) – Ministry of Marine Resources Secretary Ben Ponia says a tuna fishing deal hammered out between Pacific Nations and the United States could provide a significant boost in local fisheries revenues.

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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

SeaShare, a non-profit organization that facilitates donations of seafood to feed the hungry, announced on Wednesday, July 29 that it had partnered up with Alaska seafood companies, freight companies and the Coast Guard, to coordinate the donation and delivery of 21,000 pounds of halibut to remote villages in western Alaska. 

On Wednesday, the Coast Guard loaded 21,000 pounds of donated halibut on its C130 airplane in Kodiak and made the 634-mile flight to Nome.

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The New England Fishery Management Council  is soliciting applications for seats on the Northeast Trawl Survey Advisory Panel and the deadline to apply is July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The panel will consist of 16 members including members of the councils and the Atlantic States Fishery Commission, industry experts, non-federal scientists and Northeast Fisheries Science Center scientists. Panel members are expected to serve for three years.

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