National Fisherman


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has signed onto proposed federal legislation that would develop uniform standards for vessel discharges and restore an exemption from portions of the Clean Water Act previously enjoyed by commercial fishing boats.

Warren is co-sponsoring the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act legislation filed by U.S. Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that is meant to streamline regulations and eliminate redundancies.

Rubio initially filed the bill in 2012, but it died in committee.

A similar bill, supported by the Northeast Seafood Coalition, was filed in the House last year by Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. That bill, which would place a moratorium on fines for incidental discharges from commercial vessels under 79 feet, was incorporated into the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 and passed last month by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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