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

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has announced that Dr. Jon Hare has been selected to serve as the permanent science and research director effective Oct. 31.

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It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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