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Commercial Fishing

Copper River Salmon in Cordova, Alaska (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Written by Fred Gerendasy Cordova, AK -- Bill Webber and Bill Bailey are two longtime residents of Cordova, Alaska, whose livelihoods, and way of l...

Just Say No to Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood

Sea to Table | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Sea to Table

It is a sad state of affairs that 91 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions.

Why Basically All The Fish We Eat Violates Federal Law

Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

A new study [pdf] by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals a startling truth about the seafood that Americans eat: more than 91 percent...

The Last Alaskan Rodeo

Brendan Jones | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Brendan Jones

Last year, ADF&G announced that just under 29,000 tons of herring would be available to permit holders for the 2012 fishery -- by far the largest quota in the history of Sitka's sac roe fishery.

For the Sake of Cod, Stand With Us

John B. Kassel | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
John B. Kassel

Now is not the time to push the limits of the law and set dangerously high catch levels. Now is not the time to bow to industry pressure. Now is not the time to risk this species for short-term gain.

WATCH: This Is What Commercial Fishing Looks Like

Posted 02.08.2013 | Food

While it isn't that hard to conjure up images of massive ships, giant nets and scenes from "Deadliest Catch," few people have intimate knowledge of th...

Of Little Fish, Cute Mammals, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Glen Martin | Posted 12.23.2012 | Green
Glen Martin

A recent statement sounded alarms over declining Pacific herring stocks. Why such a big fuss over such tiny fish? As well as constituting the basis for idiosyncratic pizzas, these fish are critical forage for a great number of other marine species.

Catch Shares and Fishing Families

Matt Rand | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Matt Rand

Industry consolidation continues to be a concern due to climate change and less fish in the sea. Catch shares provide the framework for the future -- and with the right structure and features, can protect fish and fishermen.

The Bottom Line: Historic Moment for Menhaden

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.02.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

A historic fish faces its own pivotal moment. Menhaden numbers have plunged nearly 90 percent over the past 25 years, and the regulators responsible for their management will soon make a critical decision.

Fishing Continues to Top Deadliest Job List

Matt Rand | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Matt Rand

Commercial fishing remains the deadliest job in America, according to data released by the Department of Labor. New statistics about on-the-job deaths in 2011 show that fishermen continue to have a higher chance of dying while working compared with those in other occupations.

U.S. Seafood Catch Reaches 17-Year High

AP | CLARKE CANFIELD | Posted 09.19.2012 | Food

PORTLAND, Maine -- The U.S. seafood catch reached a 17-year high last year, with all fishing regions of the country showing increases in both the volu...

The Bottom Line: Little Fish, Big Fishery

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Giving river herring the protection they require and implementing appropriate management practices can ensure that populations of alewives and bluebacks, and the ecosystems they support, will remain healthy for generations.

Squid Attacks, Tiny Submarines, and the Fight to Protect the Grand Canyons of the Sea

John Hocevar | Posted 05.21.2012 | Green
John Hocevar

The Green Belt is one of the most productive stretches of ocean in the world, creating foraging habitat for millions of sea birds, hundreds of thousands of fur seals, and large numbers of whales, fish, marine mammals and other species.

The Bottom Line: Shifting Gears in the Gulf

Lee Crockett | Posted 05.11.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

For decades, fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico have used surface longlines to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna, a method catches and kills large numbers of rare and endangered ocean wildlife, which are usually thrown overboard dead or dying.

Overfishing 101: Dissecting Sectors

Lee Crockett | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

Fishermen no longer throw thousands of pounds of fish overboard because of daily trip limits. And bycatch (the capture of non-target ocean wildlife, which has long been a serious problem in New England) is also on the decline.

Keeping Afloat: Why Supporting Small, Local Commercial Fishermen is Important [Video]

Liza de Guia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Liza de Guia

I met up with Phil Karlin a couple weeks ago to learn all about small, family-owned commercial fishing operations in the New York area.

Want to Help California's Economy? Eat a Lobster

Wade Crowfoot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wade Crowfoot

Next time you're lucky enough to crack open a lobster, consider this: you may be doing your part to stimulate California's economy. However, expanding marine reserves will take away about 20% of the state's lobster catch.

Gulf Oil Spill: Unemployed Fishermen Struggling To Get By

AP | VICKI SMITH and HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

HOPEDALE, La. — Manuel Meyer was forbidden from dropping his crab traps in the Gulf, and he couldn't just sit at home. He made his way to Breton...

Frank Mundus -- The Old Man and the Sea (VIDEO)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

In 1986 Frank Mundus and angler Donnie Braddock caught a 3, 427 lb great white off Montauk NY -- a world record with a rod and reel.

Arctic Commercial Fishing Ban One Step Closer

AP | DAN JOLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a move aimed at limiting harm to Arctic waters opened by global warming, a federal advisory board voted Thursday to ban c...