National Fisherman

BP has launched a new website to counter critics and provide its own spin on developments involving the April 2010 blowout of its Macondo well, which caused the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drillship, the death of 11 workers and an 87-day oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
The website titled, "The state of the Gulf, BP sets the record straight," includes sections providing the company's views on economic and environmental recovery from the spill, its own stories on issues concerning the federal damages lawsuit against the company, information about the company's drilling activities in the Gulf, and responses to critics.
 
"Despite the company's actions, and the tangible progress seen, misinformation persists about the recovery of the Gulf and the legal issues relating to the accident and spill," says an introductory statement on the website. "BP will use this site to attempt to set the record straight, and will update it frequently with relevant information."
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

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Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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