National Fisherman


Representing recreational fishermen, the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina reacted Monday to last week’s Notice of Intent (NOI) filed by the N.C. Fisheries Association and the Carteret County Fisheries Association to sue several federal and state agencies for violations of the Endangered Species Act.
 
Maintaining the ESA should be applied equally, the violations allege that while the agencies require commercial fishermen — those who provide restaurants and markets with seafood — to report any interaction with sea turtles, recreational fishermen have been exempt. And between Jan. 1 and Sept. 6, 2013, the N.C. Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network reported 28 strandings of endangered or threatened sea turtles directly attributable to hook and line fishing, or 45% of all strandings reported in that period.
 
And in recent years, the National Marine Fisheries Services estimates that boat strikes by recreational boaters, who are also not required to report hitting sea turtles, are the second highest non-fisheries related cause of mortality in loggerheads, a threatened species along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The NMFS said the hulls or propellers of recreational fishing boats injured or killed 15% to 20% of loggerhead.
 
Read the full story at the Carteret County News-Times>>

Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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