National Fisherman


The Department of Commerce released figures Monday showing that 45 percent of NOAA’s 12,001-person national workforce would continue working even if the federal government partially shuts down today.
 
The Commerce Department, the overseer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, could not supply a specific breakdown for how many of the approximately 200 employees at NOAA’s Gloucester-based Northeast Regional Office would be furloughed under a partial shutdown.
 
A spokeswoman at NOAA’s Gloucester offices in Blackburn Industrial Park referred all inquiries to NOAA headquarters in Washington D.C., which provided the department’s shutdown contingency plan. 
 
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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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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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