National Fisherman


May 15, 2013 — Saving Seafood — On Monday, May 13, Congressman William Keating and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell hosted a joint meeting of the Federal Fishing Advisory Board and the Mayor's Ocean and Fishery Council in New Bedford, Massachusetts, seeking input from the fishing industry on the current state of fisheries management.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law governing US fisheries, is soon up for reauthorization.

The issues discussed at the meeting included potential changes to Magnuson-Stevens, NOAA's interpretation of current fisheries laws, and the state of NOAA's scientific research.

The meeting included input from members of the industry and scientific community, as well as NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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