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 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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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