National Fisherman


A bill that would ban commercial fisherman from catching puppy drum, speckled trout, and estuary striped bass is still very much alive in the General Assembly, despite earlier conflicting reports.

The gamefish legislation, which would only allow the hook-and-line catches of the three popular species, is considered a state spending bill because it also would compensate commercial fisherman for losing out on selling the fish and includes money to pay for inlet dredging.

Because the bill is considered an appropriation measure, it was exempt from having to meet last week's crossover deadline.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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