National Fisherman


POQUOSON — Sisters-in-law Jan Rollins and Sarah Powell looked out over the dock at the Poquoson Yacht Club with sad smiles.
 
Powell held on to her granddaughters Kayla Powell and Gracie Trice as they wiped away tears shed remembering their grandfather, uncles and other loved ones, all of whom were watermen that have died.
 
Several dozen people gathered Sunday at Messick Point — Poquoson Mayor Eugene Hunt called it the city's home port — for a memorial service to honor the men who have worked the waters surrounding the town.
 
"It was very moving," Powell said, "to look out where they worked every day."
 
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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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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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