National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Hoping to continue New Bedford Harbor's legacy as a port of diverse industries, the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced Wednesday a $200,000 grant to help plan the waterfront's future.
The grant, which will be matched by the city, is meant to ensure that New Bedford's historic industries such as fishing can coexist with the offshore wind industry that officials hope will be the city's future.
"We are the No. 1 fishing port, and we intend to maintain that, but there is much more ahead of us in the future if we plan it right," Mayor Jon Mitchell said. "We don't want to put all our eggs in one basket; our strategy is all of the above."
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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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