National Fisherman


NMFS is currently seeking proposals for its 2014 Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside program. Applications must be submitted to the agency by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

The program sets aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable catch for research purposes. Participating vessels may be authorized to harvest species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures. Landings from the trips are sold to generate funds that help defray costs for approved research projects and compensate vessel owners.

Research priorities this year include summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, longfin squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, river herring, bluefish and spiny dogfish. Click here to read the full text of the announcement.

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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