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>>

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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