National Fisherman

Hurricane Sandy sent a record 14-foot storm surge into New York Harbor, flooding subway tunnels, shutting down public transportation, stranding millions for days and leaving thousands without power for weeks. Faced with the fact that, as the Empire State's Governor Andrew Cuomo put it, "it seems we have a 100 year flood every two years now," the storm's aftermath has inevitably included discussion on how to mitigate impacts in the event of future tempests.

There has been talk of looking for inspiration to Europe - to the Thames Barrier in London, or the Dutch Delta Works system. "If we had such barriers in place during Hurricane Sandy there would have been no damage at all," Malcolm Bowman of the State University of New York told NBC News.

Others, however, are advocating less capital-intensive projects. As he hunkered down in his apartment awaiting Sandy's landfall, author Paul Greenberg took to the pages of the New York Times to preemptively pitch one idea in particular: Oysters.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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