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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Well, hello there! Come on in and make yourself comfortable. So, how do you like the new-look NF website? Pretty spiffy, eh?

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Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission chose to honor the state’s servicemen on Veteran’s Day by implementing changes to commercial licensing requirements that should make it easier for Florida veterans and veterans with disabilities to enter the commercial fishing industry.

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Halloween arrives next week, but what's really scary in this presidential election year is the prospect of eligible voters not casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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St. Joseph and the Sea
Fishermen, Faith and Redemption by the Ocean
By Daniel Chiasson
CreateSpace, 2012
Softcover, 206 pp., $8.99

It's one thing for a person to figure out what they'd like to do for a living. It's another to figure out who they are, and what kind of a person they want to be.

And if they are so fortunate as to develop concrete answers to those Big Questions, there's still the matter of taking action to fulfill those desires. That's no small task.

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Compiling items from our archives for our "Fishing Back When" column allows us to pour over stories and photos stretching back over 50 years. It's fascinating to see how commercial fishing has changed in some ways, but not in others.

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As flying fish go, this one's a biggie. Like nearly 129 feet long and weighing 91,000 pounds.

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) recently introduced a bill to create a national seafood marketing and development effort. Anyone in Congress wondering whether they should support the bill need look no further than the Fisheries of the United States 2011 report NOAA released this week.

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With the Commerce Department's disaster declaration for the Northeast groundfish fishery, it's now up to Congress to appropriate the $100 million being sought to help the region's fishermen and fishing communities weather substantial harvest cuts for key species like cod and yellowtail flounder in 2013.

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So the latest solution being floated to solve the woes of the New England groundfish fishery appears to be an approximately $100 million vessel/permit buyout program. Haven’t we seen this movie before?

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Wednesday found Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) somewhere you probably wouldn't expect to find him — working on the deck of a shrimp boat.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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