National Fisherman


The water can be a dangerous place, but you don't have to tell that to Morgan Parker or Angela Sanfilippo.

Late Thursday morning, just as the sun moved toward its highest point and Gloucester Harbor filled with a tableau of wind and motor craft, Parker and Sanfilippo sat on the back patio of the U.S. Coast Guard station on Harbor Loop.

In front of the two women, the daylong water-safety course organized by the Fishing Partnership Support Services group swirled, as more than 40 commercial fishermen and others who ply their trade on the open waters of the Atlantic moved between six separate modules of water-safety instruction.

Over to the side, instructors talked about damage control. Near the water, the talk was of survival suits, and a cluster near the helipad learned the proper methods of firefighting and emergency communications.

Other clusters dealt with deploying life rafts and emergency flares, as well as the really serious topics of first aid and man-overboard situations.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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