National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — When fisheries regulation gets a makeover in the next year or two, the New England fishery intends to get into the debate early to impress on regulators how badly served the region has been under existing rules.

That was the theme struck by Mayor Jon Mitchell Monday as he co-chaired a joint meeting of the Mayor's Ocean and Fisheries Council with Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., representing the Federal Fishing Advisory Board.

Attending were many familiar faces from the industry, most from SouthCoast but some from Gloucester. They had very few good words to say about NOAA Fisheries, but did not jeer NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard when he took the microphone to talk about the limitations of NOAA Fisheries science as changing environmental factors throw the fish surveys into disarray.

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National Fisherman Live

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.

Inside the Industry

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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