National Fisherman


Three years ago, we watched in disgust as oil from a flaming BP drilling platform spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, making an ever-growing black splotch on the surface and untold underwater damage.

Workers were killed in the explosion. Photos of oil-soaked wildlife were disheartening. Oyster harvesters and commercial fishermen were grounded. The oil and gas industry in the Gulf was shut down.

But among the companies involved in drilling the well on the Gulf's floor a mile below the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, finger-pointing immediately began. Each company pointed at the other and no one accepted the blame.

It's still going on in a courtroom in New Orleans and Gov. Bobby Jindal is tired of it.

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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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