National Fisherman


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry requires an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
 
In addition to revising the state’s water policy to include consistent use regulation among the five water management districts, Putnam said the effort should identify new techniques for farming shellfish, find more effective ways for DACS to continue shell-deposit and reseeding programs as well as strongly pursue the legal battle with Georgia over fresh water flows.
 
“This is a real challenge,” Putnam told reporters during a press availability. “The challenge for Apalachicola Bay is that there are no good short-term answers.”
 
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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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