National Fisherman


A week ago, the two-county area got a dose of good news about our continued recovery from the BP oil spill. That kind of news is always worth sharing and discussing.

BP continues to deliver on its promise to make whole the Gulf of Mexico and the affected states from the 2010 oil spill that fouled the water, smeared the shoreline and crippled the economy, especially tourism that year and in 2011.

The most recent news was that more than $9.5 million will be given to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for a number of projects, including dune restoration as well as to repair the pier adjacent to the Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach. Our beach reporter Kim Blair also explained the money will be used to improve beach boardwalks and boat ramps, among other projects.

Read the full story at the Pensacola News Journal>>

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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