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>>

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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