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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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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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