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The city will take the first step Friday in determining how to use a $75,000 state grant designed to help sustain Gloucester’s shore-side businesses until its commercial fishing industry can regain its economic footing.
 
The grant, secured in October, largely on the work of state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, will help identify essential harbor resources that could be in danger of disappearing before a more comprehensive plan for rescuing or reinventing the fishing industry can be developed.
 
But in the eyes of the city, this initial grant can lay the groundwork for so much more, serving as a springboard to reignite the discussion that first began in earnest last spring with the development of the so-called “bridge plan” on how best to proceed with the recovery of the port, encompassing all of the complex economic and social issues.
 
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Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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