National Fisherman


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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On Tuesday, Saving Seafood released a new video highlighting how the U.S. seafood industry is focused on sustainable, traceable, and high-quality local seafood.

Taken from a series of interviews conducted by Saving Seafood at last year’s Seafood Expo, the video features representatives from some of New England’s most prominent seafood companies sharing how they ensure that domestic seafood is fresh, sustainably sourced, and reliably traced.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program released new and updated assessments on king and snow crab from Alaska last week.

Bristol Bay red king crab from the Eastern Bering Sea has been elevated to a “best choice” by Seafood Watch.

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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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