National Fisherman


Maine's American Indian tribes want state officials to come to the table for a potentially wide-reaching agreement about the way the tribes harvest commercial species of fish.

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An unusually large number of whales dining in areas off the West Coast also prized by the fishing industry is contributing to an alarming surge in the number of cetaceans entangled in crabbing gear.

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Thousands lined the shore to send best wishes to the captains of the East Cooper Shrimp Fleet. A procession of decorated shrimping and fishing boats left Shem Creek, heading towards Memorial Waterfront Park.

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Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery.

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Seattle-based pollock producers say the sinking of a Russian trawler with dozens of fatalities earlier this month raises disturbing questions about a Sea of Okhotsk fishery that has a sustainable fishing certification through the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's Colonial past: New England cod.

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The art of hand repairing fishing nets is something every commercial fishing family used to know, when the fishing industry dominated small Washington Island, north of Door County. Today, one man is keeping that tradition alive.

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For the second straight year, a harsh winter killed more than a quarter of adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- All 13 shrimp boats at Shem Creek have been blessed.

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On Dec. 7, 1973, San Fernando Valley motorcycle salesman Pete Dupuy took off in his Cessna plane to meet a couple of friends at a camping area in Mexico.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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