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FISH SAFE - ME apprenticeship program putting safety-trained lobstermen on the water
The Maine Lobster Apprenticeship Program is the first of its kind in the US that requires not only hours of apprenticeship but also the successful completion of a US Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Drill Conductor Course, according to the Maine Dep...

EDITORIAL: Time for a quota increase for western bluefin
Summertime is when the thoughts of people in the bluefin business turn to fishing.  Chasing bluefin is potentially profitable, true.  But on that perfect day when the fish are biting or skimming the surface in a harpooner’s sight, it also can be ...

Harpooners get a jump on the ‘14 bluefin season
HARWICH, MA – The 2014 bluefin tuna fishery opened ...

Lessons from BP spill: Crude oil toxic to large pelagic embryo hearts
SEATTLE, WA – In March, researchers announced that the disastrous BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago had the same devastating effects on the embryonic stage of large pelagic fish, including bluefin tuna, as those su...

Maine’s dilemma: Growing scallop resource leads to effort increase
ROCKLAND, ME – In a rare case of “be careful what you wish for,” the state of Maine is wrestling with the problem of how to deal with an influx of fishermen attracted by the impressive rebound of its scallop resource. The recent effort incre...

Wind Energy Area socioeconomic study on fisheries ‘exposure’ nears completion
MONTAUK, NY – At the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s April 8-10 meeting here, A. Justin Kirkpatrick and Sharon Benjamin from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center presented spatial and revenue anal...

DMR calls Maine’s 2014 glass eel IFQ-swipe card fishery a ‘success’
HALLOWELL, ME – Despite lower landings and lower prices, Maine’s 2014 glass eel (elver) fishery, which came to an end on May 31, was deemed to be a “success” by fishery managers. Elver season opened on April 6 – two weeks later than usua...

ASMFC broadens glass eel options, refines yellow/silver eel proposals
ALEXANDRIA, VA – States that currently are not allowed to have glass eel fisheries may be able to earn quota in the future by carrying out “stock enhancement programs that increase glass eel passage.”  And, in another potential shift in strate...

ASMFC shrimp section initiates draft amendment to consider limited entry
PORTSMOUTH, NH – For the third time since 2011, fishermen will have a chance to weigh in on whether or not the northern shrimp fishery should come under limited entry. During a June 4 meeting here, the Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic Sta...

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