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US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

May. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion,...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 12, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

The Index-Journal. May 10, 2022. Editorial: It is all so tiring, but doesn’t have to be We are tired. We are tired of asking questions. We are tired of getting few answers. We are tired of being told all is well, corrective measures have been taken...

'Ultimate showman' of bass fishing, Ray Scott, dead at 88

May. 09, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ray Scott, a consummate promoter who helped launch professional bass angling and became a fishing buddy to presidents while popularizing the conservation practice of catching and releasing fish, has died, a longtime aide said Monday. Scott died of natural...

Haul of Atlantic cod, once abundant, reaches new low

May. 09, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the oldest fishing industries in the U.S. sank to a new low in catch last year, signaling that efforts to rebuild the fishery still have a long way to go. New England fishermen have caught Atlantic cod for centuries, but catch has dwindled over the...

Maine baby eel industry had one of most successful seasons

May. 09, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's baby eel fishing industry is wrapping up one of the most successful seasons in its history. Maine is the only state in the country with a significant fishery for baby eels, which are also called elvers. They're sold to Asian aquaculture companies that...

Atlantic herring industry gets $11M to cope with fish losses

May. 05, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Disaster-level instability in the Atlantic herring industry has prompted the federal government to give $11 million to commercial fishermen and shore-side infrastructure in four states. A scientific assessment in 2020 found that herring are overfished, and...

Maine fishermen set record for value in 2021

May. 03, 2022 01:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's fishing industry set a state record for the value of seafood species brought to the docks in 2021. Maine is one of the most important commercial fishing states in the country, in part because it's home to by far the largest lobster fishing industry....

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 28, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

Post and Courier. April 26, 2022. Editorial: Welcome steps to protect horseshoe crabs, but SC needs yet another It’s been a good week for those concerned about the health of South Carolina’s horseshoe crab population — and also about the viability of the...

Putin’s Pollock: US seafood imports fuel Russian war machine

Apr. 15, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. ban on seafood imports from Russia over its invasion of Ukraine was supposed to sap billions of dollars from Vladimir Putin’s war machine. But shortcomings in import regulations mean that Russian-caught pollock, salmon and crab are likely to enter the U.S....

Putin’s Pollock: US seafood imports fuel Russian war machine

Apr. 15, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. ban on seafood imports from Russia over its invasion of Ukraine was supposed to sap billions of dollars from Vladimir Putin’s war machine. But shortcomings in import regulations mean that Russian-caught pollock, salmon and crab are likely to enter the U.S....