The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, is holding a series of public meetings in May and June.
The meetings are being held to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. The planning body seeks input on these goals and actions. Additional information on the group's progress can be found here.
The meetings will also provide an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.
On May 8, 2013, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association and Alaskan Brewing Company will partner in Dallas, Texas, to support the Dallas Observer Iron Fork competition and to bring two Alaska products — Copper River salmon and Alaskan Brewing beer — to the Lone Star state.
Samson Tug & Barge, a long time Sitka, Alaska-based marine freight transportation company, will expand its current service in Southeast Alaska pending a planned purchase of Northland Services Inc. by Lynden Inc.
Samson's existing service will not be affected at this time, the company says. The expanded service has been announced in reaction to Lynden's notice that they are in the process of purchasing Northland, leaving only one carrier operating in most of Southeast Alaska.
Samson currently provides scheduled intermodal marine cargo transportation service to and from Seattle, Sitka, Cordova, Valdez, Seward, Kodiak, King Cove and Dutch Harbor. Carriage to the rail‐belt market, including Anchorage, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, is provided via Seward and Valdez. Samson says it plans to provide service to Ketchikan, Prince of Wales, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau once the sale is completed.
The NOAA Northeast Region website's Fish Species Pages are sporting a new look, the agency says. The first redesigned page being rolled out is for squid, mackerel and butterfish.
The plan, NOAA says, is to redesign all of its species pages over the next several months. NOAA is also encouraging users to comment on the new design as well as make suggestions on how to further improve the pages to make it easier for them to find information they need about the species and current regulations.
Click here to view the redesigned Fish Species Page for squid, mackerel and butterfish.
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.
Jacksonville, Fla. – The Safariland Group, a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military, has acquired Mustang Survival and its related entities, Mustang Survival Inc. and Mustang Survival Mfg. Inc. (collectively, "Mustang Survival").
Mustang Survival provides lifesaving equipment for recreational, military, law enforcement and industrial users in the marine and aviation environments. For more than 45 years, Safariland says, Mustang Survival has been transforming innovative ideas and technologies into high-quality and practical lifesaving products such as inflatable personal flotation devices, flotation clothing, dry suits, anti-g suits and a wide range of products to protect serious users in extreme environments.
"We are excited to be bringing together two companies that are both committed to saving lives as a part of their core mission," says Scott O'Brien, president of The Safariland Group, in a company news release. "Mustang Survival's history of lifesaving marine and aviation equipment has presented unique growth opportunities for our company, especially as we aim to broaden our suite of products that help save lives."
The rescueME PLB1, which communications and safety-at-sea specialist Ocean Signal says is the world's smallest personal locator beacon, has received FCC approval and is now available for sale in North America.
Ocean Signal's rescueME PLB is distributed exclusively by Datrex in North America.
Ocean Signal says the rescueME PLB1 is almost 30 percent smaller than other PLBs, is designed to fit onto any lifejacket and be easily activated by one hand in even the most challenging conditions.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has selected Doug Gregory as its new executive director. Gregory will take the helm May 20, 2013. He replaces Stephen Bortone, who is retiring in May.
"The Gulf Council has many important issues on its agenda, and I look forward to working with Doug as our new Executive Director," says Doug Boyd, council chairman. "Doug brings extensive experience to the council, both in practical application and in the fisheries management process. His educational work with the fishing public will be a great asset, and his background and experience will go a long way to enhance the council process."
Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, a Master of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries ecology, and Bachelor of Science degree in statistics. He has been involved in fisheries for over 35 years, and during his career worked as a fishery biologist for NMFS Northwest and Alaska Fishery Center in Seattle.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently recruiting applicants for its advisory panels (APs), and scientific and statistical committees (SSCs).
Advisory panel members provide information and guidance to the council on the development of federal fishery management plans. The council has 22 advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of federally managed species or who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non- governmental organizations, scientists, and concerned citizens.
Letters of interest are now being accepted for the following advisory panels: Coastal Migratory Pelagics; Coral; Data Collection; Florida/Alabama Habitat Protection; Mississippi/Louisiana Habitat Protection; Texas Habitat Protection; Outreach and Education; Red Drum; Red Snapper; Reef Fish; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review NGO; Shrimp; Spiny Lobster.
The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission announces that it has selected Hugh Link to be its new executive director.
Link joined the commission staff in 2004, after spending a decade as sales manager at Hallmark Fisheries in Charleston, on the southern Oregon coast. He replaces long-time executive director Nick Furman, who recently retired after heading up the commission for 22 years.
Commission Chairman John Corbin is optimistic that the commission will continue to play an important role in the state's crab fishery with Link at the helm.
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National Fisherman Live: 8/14/14
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National Fisherman Live: 8/5/14
In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Frances Parrott about the Notus Dredgemaster.