National Fisherman


Federal fishing regulators are proposing a new way to help struggling New England and Northeast fishermen target the plentiful Acadian redfish.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which regulates East Coast fisheries from Maine to the Carolinas from its Northeast regional headquarters in Gloucester's Blackburn Industrial Park, wants to allow fishermen to use nets with smaller mesh sizes to better catch the reddish-orange schooling fish.

Redfish was heavily fished in the 1950s and 1960s, but demand dropped by the 1980s, and that's allowed the population to grow.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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