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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.

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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