National Fisherman

On a warm, sun-splashed late November afternoon, the view from Hodgkins Cove across Ipswich Bay is startlingly clear, the visibility so expansive and sharp that if you waved in the direction of Plum Island, someone just might wave back.
Inside the University of Massachusetts’ Large Pelagics Research Center, on a spit of land that juts out into the bay, the work quietly continued.
Scientists poured over data and testing equipment in advance of future experiments. It was simple, methodical work. Still, it has enabled the LPRC to carve out an international reputation for cutting-edge science in the study of bluefin tuna and other large, highly migratory pelagic species.
The calm, inside and outside the facility, was deceiving, however.
Storm clouds, at least figuratively, have been gathering, seeded by growing concerns about how much longer the center will be able to do its work in an environment of increased competition among researchers for rapidly diminishing funding.
“We’re in danger of closing,” said Molly Lutcavage, the center’s director and research professor. “We’re in jeopardy of shutting our doors in June 2014 due to lack of funding opportunities.”
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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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