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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Great news out of Maine this week (nope, not the tangle over sector management) is Commerce Secretary Gary Locke's appointment of Glen Libby to the New England Fishery Management Council.

Libby, of Port Clyde, Maine, is the chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen's Association and a pioneer of community-based fishing.

As president of the Midcoast Fishermen's Cooperative, Libby was instrumental in launching the country's first community-supported fishery with Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges of fuel costs and rock-bottom prices facing local shrimp fishermen, the cooperative found a way to keep boats on the water and maintain this important local fishery's ties to the community.

Libby, whose term begins in August, has also been a vocal proponent of groundfish sectors, so it can't come as a surprise that his name would make the short list for appointment to the council, which will be struggling with this cumbersome beast in the next year.

I can only hope Libby's experience and vision will help forge a clear and fair path for the council in its oversight of the historic Gulf of Maine groundfish fleets.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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