National Fisherman

The Department of Energy is willing to roll the dice on an offshore wind farm less than three miles off the coast of Atlantic City; a project the state’s top utility officials rejected two months ago.
 
Cape May-based Fishermen’s Energy Wednesday was awarded up to $47 million by the federal agency over four years “to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. Projects in Oregon and Virginia also received funding.
 
“No other project in America is more prepared to put steel in the water and this recognition acknowledges that fact,” Dan Cohen, chairman and founder of Fisherman’s Energy, said.
 
The company, a coalition of commercial fishermen, needs state approval before in order to secure the entire federal grant. As it stands now, the money is less than half what state officials said was need in federal aid when they shot down the plan to build five turbines off the coast of Atlantic City.
 
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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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