National Fisherman

A new plan for managing Biscayne National Park waters north of the Florida Keys may create a new type of marine-protected area that limits recreational fishing and bans commercial fishing.
The proposal unveiled Friday by the National Park Service angered Upper Keys commercial fishermen as too extreme, and "disappointed" the National Parks Conservation Association as inadequate.
"It's crazy," said Ernie Piton, president of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association. "They're closing so many areas, where are people going to go? They'll be on top of each other."
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Inside the Industry

It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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