National Fisherman

PORT O'CONNOR - The sleepy fishing village of Port O'Connor became abuzz Thursday, evolving into a multiagency oil-response headquarters.
 
Throughout the day, response crews dropped more booms into the Gulf of Mexico designed to protect environmentally sensitive Matagorda Island and its endangered species.
 
Aerial observations in the morning detected patchy, washed-up oil globs spread over a 12-mile stretch of the Gulf-side beach of the island, south of the state park.
 
"I know a lot of people in town are a little upset because they feel like they should tell us what's going on," said Mary Jo Walker, the Port O'Connor Chamber of Commerce president.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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