National Fisherman

YORK, Maine — An anonymous donation is supporting a new York Sustainable Fisheries Fund to benefit the health of the local commercial fishing business.

The estimated $40,000 in the fund will help continue work already done in town to support the working waterfront, according to Joey Donnelly, who is among three fiscal agents for the Sustainable Fisheries Fund. The other agents are Jim Smith and Cynthia Hosmer, both of York.

However, it's the York Lobstermen's Association that decides where and how the money is spent, Donnelly said.

The Lobstermen's Association, led by Mike Sinclair, is an organization representing an estimated 40 members, many of them among the 50 licensed lobstermen — 30 of them active — in York. An executive committee of Sinclair, Jeff Donnell, Mark Sewall, Matt Nowell and Jeff White is responsible for recommending how the funds should be spent, Sinclair said.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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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.

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