National Fisherman


Conforming to less-restrictive federal rules that went into effect in August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided Thursday that commercial fishermen can catch and sell three swordfish per vessel, per trip, within the three-mile distance from shore that Florida governs.
 
That matches the new rules adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for federal waters, which begin at the three-mile boundary and extend to about 200 miles east of Florida’s shore.
 
“It brings it in line with the federal regulations,” said Fionna Matheson, NOAA spokeswoman. “As far as we know, at this point, they [Florida] are the only state to have done that formally.”
 
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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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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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