CORTEZ - Manatee County's historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the "Ultimate Fishing Town."
Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks' Ultimate Fishing Town contest, putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000.
"I just think Cortez is coming into its own," Karen Bell said. "People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing."
Bell, a manager at the family-run A.P. BellFishing Co., attributes the increased attention Cortez and similar fishing communities have gained to television shows such as Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna."
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.