National Fisherman


The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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The United Fishermen of Alaska announced changes to its executive committee on Tuesday.

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The Fishing for Energy partnership announced last week that more than 3 million pounds of old fishing gear and marine debris have been removed from United States waterways and coastlines since 2008 and converted into clean, renewable energy. Fishing for Energy, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Covanta and Schnitzer Steel Industries, has successfully worked with local commercial fishermen and ports to collect and responsibly dispose of hundreds of abandoned fishing traps.

Fishing for Energy, a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, Covanta and Schnitzer Steel Industries, has successfully worked with local commercial fishermen and ports to collect and responsibly dispose of hundreds of abandoned fishing traps.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association recently announced that Grant Mirick has been hired to lead all of APICDA’s seafood operations and assume responsibility for the overall success of quality, production and sales throughout our family of vertically integrated companies.

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The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center recently announced its plans to lease space at 38 Bethel Street, starting April 1.

Located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the 3000 square foot space will accommodate changing exhibits, public programs, school groups, archives, and community gatherings. Exhibits are under development with a public opening planned for late June.

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Lionsgate Movies recently released the first trailer for "Deepwater Horizon," a film based on events immediately before and after the blowout at the Macondo well in April 2010.

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Blue Harvest Fisheries, backed by its investor Bregal Partners recently announced the acquisition of Harbor Blue Seafoods’ seven scallops vessels and related assets in Massachusetts from Harbor Blue Seafood.

Blue Harvest now owns 15 scallop vessels that operate in Newport News, Va., and New Bedford, Mass.

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(Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration is reversing course on opening Atlantic waters to a new generation of oil and gas drilling, after a revolt by environmentalists and coastal communities that said the activity threatened marine life, fishing and tourism along the U.S. East Coast.

The proposed offshore leasing program being released Tuesday eliminates the administration’s initial plan to auction off drilling rights in as many as 104 million acres of the mid- and south-Atlantic in 2021, according to an Interior Department statement. The proposal also sets the stage for selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, as well as Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico, where 10 auctions were tentatively scheduled from 2017 to 2022.

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A new approach to scallop monitoring in Maine state waters has led to changes in scallop abundance estimates that will reopen three important fishing grounds this season, according to a release from the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

The areas opening are Inner Machias Rotational Area, Wahoa/Jonesport Reach and Gouldsboro Bay and Dyers Bay, which were closed through emergency rulemaking by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on December 13, 2015. The Department will open the areas the week of March 14 by allowing the emergency regulation to lapse.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

Read more...

Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

Read more...
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