National Fisherman


The invasive green crab — and how to stop its devastation of the state’s shellfish industry — is drawing new calls to arms among the industry’s stakeholders and others.
 
And while a Monday night forum organized by state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, Rowley Shellfish Constable John “Jack” Grundstrom and the state Division of Marine Fisheries at the DMF’s Gloucester office on Emerson Avenue didn’t bring firm solutions, stakeholders seemed to achieve one consensus.
 
“The one thing we all agree on is that they are a threat that have to be confronted,” Tarr said Wednesday.
 
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Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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