National Fisherman


MONTAUK, N.Y. (WABC) -- The Coast Guard made a dramatic rescue of a lobsterman stranded at sea for 12 hours, just waiting for help to arrive.

He was finally found 43 miles south of Montauk.

"I said there's no way in hell that he could be staying afloat all of this time," said John Aldridge, Sr., the lobsterman's father

For nearly 12 hours, John Aldridge, Jr. fought to keep his head above water, not knowing if anyone would find him in the middle of the ocean, but his father says he never gave up hope.

"Here you are thinking, how long is he out there in the water? We don't know. When did he fall overboard? We don't know," Aldridge, Sr. said.

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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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