National Fisherman


Michael Kilby, who makes his living fishing the waters off Washington County, says he could not care less what is going on in that other Washington. Nine times of out 10, it doesn’t affect him.
 
“I don’t care about politics. I just want to go to work,” he said.
 
But in the last several days, the federal government shutdown has traveled up the East Coast and landed in his lap.
 
Last week, Kilby and about two dozen other fishermen who launch their boats at Cobscook Bay State Park returned to their parked vehicles after a day of work to find notices.
 
They were from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, which owns the land that the state park and boat launch sit on. They said the boat launch was closed and the fishermen should refrain from using it.
 
“We balled up the pieces of paper, threw ’em on the floor and continued doing what we’ve been doing,” Kilby said.
 
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Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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