National Fisherman


"'No' means 'find another way.'"

With those words on Tuesday, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk raised an interesting perspective regarding NOAA's absolutely job-killing — and industry-threatening — cuts in Gulf of Maine cod and other fish stocks for the new commercial fishing year that began Wednesday.

And the mayor's comment that it was now up to the state and to fishing municipalities to forge policies that can save as much of the groundfishing fleet as possible indeed raises some interesting possibilities, while reflecting the kind of open-minded optimism that Gloucester, other fishing communities and the industry no doubt need.

But the mayor and others looking to carve out a viable solution for waterfront communities anchored to commercial fishing to support their economies would do well to recognize that any such future also demands federal cooperation and aid.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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