National Fisherman

BOSTON — Millions of dollars for waterfront upgrades are in the works for coastal communities from Gloucester to Salisbury as part of a $1.7 billion plan for infrastructure improvements throughout the state.
 
Lawmakers representing Cape Ann and the rest of the North Shore and Merrimack Valley piled on nearly a dozen projects for shoreline protection, parks, harbors and watersheds to a capital spending plan approved by the House of Representatives this week.
 
The bill, however, must still be approved by the Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick. And Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said he plans to add several projects including $10 million for a matching loan program that would help pay for redevelopment in designated ports such as Gloucester.
 
Rep. Ann Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, added a similar amendment to the House bill, but the loan program there was whittled down to $7 million.
 
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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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