National Fisherman


The State House bill aimed at better marketing the local seafood industry — filed by state Senate Minority leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, and already backed on the House side by Gloucester Democrat Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante — would create an entirely new function for the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

And expanding government’s hand into private industry services like marketing and other operations is a step that can understandably often send chills up and down the spines of business owners and consumers alike.

But this is indeed a measure that can provide credible and needed help to a fishing industry still caught in the grips of a federal regulatory stranglehold that has already spurred a recognized “economic disaster” and essentially collapsed the once-proud Gloucester fleet, whose fishermen and business owners are selling their boats and asking other steps in the face of bankruptcy and foreclosures.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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