National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in pressuring congressional leadership to preserve $150 million in fisheries disaster relief in New England and elsewhere.
Thirty-seven senators and representatives joined Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in a letter on behalf of an appropriations bill making its way through Congress that asks that the fisheries disaster relief be included in any compromise bill between the two chambers.
The secretary of commerce declared an economic emergency in commercial fishing 14 months ago, but so far there is nothing to show for it. The emergency is the result of sharp quota cutbacks ordered by NOAA Fisheries to try to restore fish populations.
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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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