National Fisherman

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Gloucester on Thursday, riding the political bicycle built for two that really only has room for one.
Coakley spent part of the day dispensing with her duties as the state’s chief law enforcement official, meeting in the late afternoon with about 20 local fishermen and fishing advocates at The Gloucester House to speak about the state’s lawsuit in U. S. District Court against the Department of Commerce — and by extension, NOAA — and other issues related to the ongoing fishing crisis.
“This particular event is an attorney general event, from my point of view,” Coakley said following the approximately hour-long meeting where she spent much more time listening than talking. “I really wanted to get an update, in my role as attorney general, as to what is going on.”
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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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