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.
Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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