National Fisherman


TUESDAY'S SPLIT DECISION upholding the Interior Department's controversial decision to not renew the lease of the Point Reyes oyster farm is not the end of the battle.

Kevin Lunny, whose family owns and runs Drakes Bay Oyster Co., and his lawyers say they will appeal the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, reached on a 2-1 ruling.

Lunny is seeking a temporary injunction, asking the court to allow his family to continue to do business until his lawsuit is heard by the court.

In Tuesday's ruling, the majority turned him down, ruling that the Interior Department acted legally in deciding not to renew the lease and ordering the oyster farm to close down its operation.

The judges emphasized it was not the court's decision whether then-Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar's decision was right, but whether it was legal.

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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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