National Fisherman


WASHINGTON - August 1, 2013 - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren today applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) announcement of a new federal grant opportunity through the FY 2013 Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, which can benefit the fishing industry in Massachusetts.

Senator Warren had previously urged NOAA's Acting Administrator Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan to provide Saltonstall-Kennedy funding for these grants, and she has worked with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to increase the Saltonstall-Kennedy grants for FY 2014.

"NOAA's announcement of new grant opportunities through Saltonstall-Kennedy is great news for Massachusetts' fishing communities," said Senator Warren. "I'm pleased NOAA is making this grant solicitation, which is an excellent chance for our ports to secure funding that will help the fishing industry innovate and modernize for the future."

NOAA anticipates awarding between $5-$10 million in competitive grants focused on fisheries research and development projects, including cooperative research projects with industry. The grant announcement may be viewed here.

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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