National Fisherman

The Massachusetts delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives is putting on a full-court press to convince that chamber’s Appropriations Committee to include $150 million in disaster aid to fishermen and fishing communities in the final omnibus appropriations bill.
 
The representatives, behind the leadership of Rep. William R. Keating, D-New Bedford, and Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., sent a letter to the chairman of the subcommittee of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies urging the inclusion of the disaster relief funds in Congress’ final budget.
 
”To date, the House of Representatives has failed to appropriate this emergency funding,” stated the letter that was signed by the entire Massachusetts delegation in the House, including Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem. “It remains imperative that Congress act to provide emergency funding immediately.”
 
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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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