National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

The battle over New England's groundfish quotas rages on this week with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) stepping up to bat and New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Scott Lang talking to Frank and Rep. Walter Jones (D-N.C.) in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill.

The mission is to bump sector quotas in order to keep the little guys afloat. This is not an effort to overfish, but rather to fish just enough, to stay on the water without taxing the resource. That is the true definition of a sustainable fishery.

In keeping with that mission of balancing fishermen's livelihoods with ecologically sustainable practices, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, based in Portland, Maine, is starting a new program aimed at training Northeast fishermen to ease environmental impacts while simultaneously boosting their profits.

The first Environmental Management System program is scheduled to take place in Beverly, Mass., on Feb. 16 and 17. Admission is free but limited to 20 participants.

If you're interested in attending, please contact Steve Eayrs (steve@gmri.org or 207-228-1659) or Jen Levin (jlevin@gmri.org or 207-228-1688) at GMRI.

Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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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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