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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

NMFS announced Wednesday that it has tapped Preston Pate, former chief of North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries, to manage a regional assessment and management review of New England's fisheries management process.
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Coming soon (well, late January 2011) to a movie theater or video store near you: a horror flick involving commercial fishermen.
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We're about ready to celebrate a milestone here at National Fisherman. When the November issue arrives in your mailbox, we'll be blowing out the candles on the proverbial birthday cake (and keeping a fire extinguisher handy) to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
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It's nice to head into the weekend sharing a little good news. Looks like Washington and British Columbia fishermen are enjoying an unexpected bonanza of salmon returning to the Fraser River.
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Think only New England groundfishermen have a problem with NOAA/NMFS? Ask Mid-Atlantic fishermen how well they think the agency is managing their commercial fisheries.
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If, like me, you are less than fastidious in your housekeeping duties, you must sometimes swing into emergency cleaning mode when company is coming.
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Word is that the "static kill" of the Deepwater Horizon well is successful. But that doesn't mean that Gulf Coast states are out of the woods just yet.
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Media reports this week have questioned whether the amount of damage the oil that's gushed out of the Deepwater Horizon will cause has been over-hyped.
Over-hyped? Seriously?
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Tell me, do you miss former NMFS head Bill Hogarth?

I can’t say I was Hogarth’s biggest fan. NMFS was saddled with over 100 lawsuits when Hogarth took office. One of Hogarth’s first missions was to make the lawsuits go away.

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Congressmen Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and John Tierney (D-Mass.) are stepping up their battle with NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco by calling for her to step down, citing what Frank calls her "hostility" towards the fishing industry.
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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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