National Fisherman


(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) - It’s been a tough year after a string of tough years for New England fishermen, with federal catch limits for groundfish off Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine slashed by up to 77 percent in hopes of keeping cod and flounder from going extinct.
 
But in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, a place where every week it seems you hear about another multimillion-dollar development plan, Boston’s Fish Pier and associated facilities are still landing a million pounds a month of fresh fish and lobster – 12 million pounds a year – and many fishing leaders are now wondering how much the underutilized pier complex could help save and grow the business locally.
 
That was the focus of a Massachusetts Port Authority event Wednesday where officials began officially celebrating the Fish Pier’s upcoming 100th birthday next year and brainstorming ideas about how to make fish-related industries stronger and more visible in this part of Boston.
 
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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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