National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — The trials and tribulations fishermen face every day — from the perilous journeys to their limited benefits — were highlighted in speeches aboard the stately schooner Ernestina Sunday afternoon.
 
Amid the fun and games of the 10th annual Working Waterfront Festival, officials outlined the challenges facing the fishing industry today and vowed to continue to support local fishermen and their families through these trying times.
 
"It's not just an industry, it's the livelihood of people," said Attorney General Martha Coakley at the 44th annual blessing of the fleet aboard the historic schooner Ernestina, Massachusetts' official vessel.
 
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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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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