Commercial fishing and hunting

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. Rafael was sentenced to prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling profits overseas. The federal government announced Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, it has settled its civil case against Rafael, a fishing magnate known as The Codfather, saying he will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries. (John Sladewski/Standard Times via AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 7:54 pm
A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement...
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FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, a scallops is shucked at sea off the coast of Harpswell, Maine. America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
July 21, 2019 - 8:28 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand and the value of the fishery has surged in recent years. Sea scallops, harvested mostly by boats from the cold Atlantic Ocean, are the target of one of the most...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, the baleen is visible as a North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. Maine Gov. Janet Mills said in July 2019 that a federal plan to help endangered right whales at the expense of fishermen is "foolish" and is directing the state to come up with rules with a lesser impact on lobster fishermen. Maine's congressional delegation is backing the governor. North Atlantic right whales are facing the threat of extinction. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
July 12, 2019 - 12:33 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan...
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July 04, 2019 - 2:19 am
TOKYO (AP) — Chunks of meat from the first whales caught since Japan resumed commercial whaling this week have fetched "celebration prices" at auction. The meat sold Thursday for up to 15,000 yen ($140) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), several times higher than the prices paid for Antarctic minkes. The...
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A whale is unloaded at a port in Kushiro, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, Monday, July 1, 2019. Japan is resuming commercial whaling after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal seen as a largely lost cause. Japan's six-month notice to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission took effect Sunday.(Masanori Takei/Kyodo News via AP)
July 01, 2019 - 8:38 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen as largely a lost cause amid slowing demand for the meat and changing views on...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, a marine biologist holds a young lobster on Friendship Long Island, Maine. Data released for 2018 show an uptick of baby lobsters off some parts of Canada while they are dwindling off the New England coast. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 30, 2019 - 8:29 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years. University of Maine scientist Rick Wahle has documented trends...
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FILE - In this May 26, 2017, photo, Susie Gelbart walks near petroglyphs at the Gold Butte National Monument near Bunkerville, Nev. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he has no plans for additional changes to Gold Butte and other national monuments as recommended by his predecessor, but says it's ultimately up to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 22, 2019 - 8:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Wednesday he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments that were recommended by his predecessor, but that it's ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The comments at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee meeting are the...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, a North Atlantic right whale breaches the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass. A group organized by the federal government is expected to release recommendations about how to better protect a vanishing species of whale in the Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team to help reduce the injuries and deaths the North Atlantic right whales suffer due to entanglement in fishing gear. The group’s recommendations are expected on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
April 26, 2019 - 3:15 pm
The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team wrapped up several...
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FILE - In this May 17, 1999 file photo, two Makah Indian whalers stand atop the carcass of a dead gray whale moments after helping tow it close to shore in the harbor at Neah Bay, Wash. Earlier in the day, Makah Indians hunted and killed the whale in their first successful hunt since voluntarily quitting whaling over 70 years earlier. Federal officials are now supporting the Native American tribe's decades-long request to resume whale hunts off the coast of Washington state.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday, April 4, 2019, announced its proposal to allow the Makah Tribe to hunt and harvest one to three gray whales annually over a 10-year period. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 04, 2019 - 4:56 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel. The National Oceanic and...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, file photo, scallop meat is shucked at sea off Harpswell, Maine. The state's scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery has taken a step back. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 09, 2019 - 10:33 am
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop harvest declined by about a third in 2018, marking the first time in several years that the valuable fishery has taken a step back. The Pine Tree State's scallop harvest is a drop in the bucket within the worldwide scallop industry, but the state's scallops...
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