National Fisherman


On one level, the idea of seeking a "bridge" plan" as Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk calls it, as a transition toward a new future for the city's waterfront is a good idea, just as it would be for any other fishing community.

Even if the current federally-created quota crisis is resolved, no one expects the commercial fishing industry to return to what it had once been. And it is indeed important for city and business leaders to explore alternative opportunities for marine industrial use.

But the idea of "redeploying" shut down fishing vessels for research, and a hope of "working with" NOAA leaders on that and other projects comes across as so naive that it's virtually insulting to both fishermen and state and federal lawmakers who have pursued cooperative research with NOAA for years and basically told to take a hike.

And that naivete is topped by city waterfront development director Sarah Garcia's embarrassing comment that "before, it was characterized as handouts to fishermen; this is different, this is investing in a new marine environment."

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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