National Fisherman


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, charging he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill.
 
The lawsuit claims his filings inflated the estimate for a settlement fund to $2.3 billion.
 
Watts did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.
 
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Inside the Industry

According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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