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

 

Two federal decisions yesterday sent a wave of relief throughout the Gulf Coast.

First, NOAA dismissed three petitions attempting to punish shrimpers for turtle deaths that have not been proven to be caused by shrimping — and in fact occurred in the early days of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, when the fishery was not active.

Second, the federal agency increased the TAC for red snapper by nearly 350,000 pounds.

The first decision comes after NOAA was able to document high rates of compliance among fishermen with the federal requirement for turtle-excluder devices.

It is a victory for those who would protect non-commercial species as well as those who would protect fishermen. And it goes to show that the two groups can and often do intersect.

The decision to increase the red snapper TAC in the gulf is the result of years of fishermen reporting a significant increase in the biomass.

These two proclamations are victories for Southern fishermen, and I commend NOAA officials for keeping a clear head and seeking solutions of compromise without compromising the integrity of the fleets.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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