National Fisherman


ANNAPOLIS — In a March 26 floor debate over Senate Bill 929, state Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. took on colleagues from Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties, according to a news release.
 
The bill gives commercial fishing and seafood operators the same kind of nuisance lawsuit exemption farmers and agricultural businesses have.
 
Hershey, R-36-Upper Shore, reportedly defended the rights of commercial watermen.
 
“Our commercial seafood operations need the same protections as our farms. If a local business abides by proper zoning and adheres to health department guidelines, they shouldn’t be hassled with nuisance claims,” Hershey said.
 
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Inside the Industry

Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, recently received the 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea.

The award was given to Hilborn by the World Council of Fisheries Societies’ International Fisheries Science Prize Committee in recognition of his 40-year career of “highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation.”

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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