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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

It's hard to assess what's going on with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill because the news seems to change so quickly.
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For years, Northeast fishermen have railed against NMFS for basing increasingly stringent fishery management regulations upon questionable science. They've said that NMFS regularly puts fish stock health above the economic well being of fishermen and fishing communities.
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Not all U.S. industries are created equal. At least that's the conclusion you reach when you look at how the fishing industry and the oil industry are regulated.
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In the wake of this week's increasingly disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, your heart can't help but go out to Louisiana's long suffering fishermen, who must have the patience of Job.
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Occasionally you get reminders about why fishermen need to be vigilant about industry-related stories appearing in the mainstream media. For example, consider two news stories about Thursday's House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife hearing on catch share management.
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An important point is being obscured in the furor over NOAA fisheries enforcement practices in the Northeast.
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There were signs this week that maybe — maybe — NMFS is finally starting to realize that it needs to start working with fishermen rather than run roughshod over them if the agency's vision of fisheries management is to succeed.
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This week we learned that the NOAA research vessel Henry B. Bigelow's first Northeast bottom trawl survey featuring new trawl gear yielded improved catch rates for many Mid-Atlantic and New England species. What do the region's fishermen take away from this news? Probably depends on who you ask.
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The folks in Michigan aren't having any luck in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to help them combat the influx of Asian carp into the Great Lakes system.
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Just when Oregon salmon gillnetters thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Beaver State chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is at it again. It's reviving its attempt to place an initiative on the November ballot that would ban salmon gillnetting on the Columbia River.
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Inside the Industry

(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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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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