National Fisherman


Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, is running pop-up ads all over YouTube, one of which tells us that "the special interests are attacking" the poor man.

I think I know at least one special interest that is not: the environmentalists who have infiltrated NOAA and taken over fisheries management, with disastrous results in the Northeast.

I say this because the primary architect of catch shares and sector management, Monica Medina, was one of the hosts of a Markey fundraiser in Washington scheduled to be held last evening.

Medina is a Pew Environmental Fund veteran and close colleague of Jane Lubchenco, the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator who brought in Medina to force-feed catch shares on the Northeast.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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