National Fisherman

The average temperature of the Atlantic Ocean is up 4 degrees compared to last year, according to Dalhousie University oceanographers.

The trend is being traced from the Florida coast up to Newfoundland, affecting native flora and fauna and causing concern among fishermen.

Fisherman Mark Debaie said he's never seen water this warm so early in the year.

"It was 70.2 degrees there yesterday. A lot warmer than it should be," he said.

Warmer than usual weather has brought some unusual marine visitors to Nova Scotia waters.

"See a lot of strange things like jellyfish, lot harder to catch groundfish," said Debaie.

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Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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