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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

 

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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The old saw is that there’s strength in numbers. Unfortunately the strong numbers of lobsters filling Maine harvesters’ traps have led to weak prices.

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Looks like there will be a little flavor of Gulf of Mexico seafood at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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One thing we’re keenly aware of here at National Fisherman is that our readers are a sharp bunch. If they see something in a news story that makes them raise their eyebrow, they let us know about it, and right quick, too.

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So much for the John Bryson era as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. It began with his Senate confirmation in October and ended yesterday when he submitted his letter of resignation to President Obama, less than two weeks after the car he was driving was involved in collisions with two other vehicles near his California home.

Commerce Department officials say Bryson's neurologists concluded after initial testing that he suffered a complex partial seizure. These seizures cause abnormal electrical activity in an isolated section of the brain; a person could still perform simple tasks, doctors say, but be unable to handle more complex tasks.
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I played an interesting CD in my car yesterday. This is no small feat in the digital music age, where we’re more likely to plug in our phones and let the songs flow from our iTunes playlists.

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The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it's a beautiful 72 degrees here in downtown Portland, Maine, but today, I have winter on my mind.



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The devastating earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in March 2011 may be over, but its metaphorical aftershocks have reached the United States.

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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