National Fisherman


NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) - A concept to rebuild the historic oyster reefs of Raritan Bay could funnel a share of $1 billion in federal money into creating living breakwaters that would reduce the wave force from future storms.
 
But New Jersey may not share that opportunity.
 
The state Department of Environmental Protection has been adamantly opposed to planting oysters in public waters of Raritan Bay, and that stance is unchanged, even with the evolving offer of money from post-Sandy storm reconstruction grants.
 
"It can be done. That's what's so frustrating. We can't even figure it out because we're not allowed to do the research on other sites," Meredith Comi told the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1fobkfA). She's the oyster-restoration coordinator with the NY/NJ Baykeeper nonprofit group based in Keyport.
 
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Inside the Industry

Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, recently received the 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea.

The award was given to Hilborn by the World Council of Fisheries Societies’ International Fisheries Science Prize Committee in recognition of his 40-year career of “highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation.”

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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