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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is extending the public comment period for its proposed amendment to the Atlantic bluefin management plan. NMFS announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18 that it is extending the comment period until Dec. 10. It was originally set to expire on Oct. 23.
 
For details, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-18/html/2013-22736.htm. And for background, see the story linked to below.
 
NMFS plans to revise Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan because of changes in the fishery to prevent overfishing, reduce dead discards, comply with international treaties, minimize by-catch, improve reporting and monitoring, enhance the fishing experience and achieve the best possible yield.
 
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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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