National Fisherman


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

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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