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

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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