National Fisherman

PROVIDENCE – The state will receive an estimated $1.9 million to assist fishermen under a compromise reached by state fishery directors from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
 
The deal provides a framework for distributing a portion of $32.8 million in federal fishery disaster funding for the Northeast region.
 
The funds are part of a multimillion dollar pool that the state’s congressional delegation helped secure in the fiscal 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to respond to six declared fishery disasters throughout the nation.
 
In 2012, the U.S. secretary of commerce declared a disaster for the Northeast ground-fishery due to sharp reductions in catch limits anticipated for the 2013 fishing year. Earlier this year, an agreement was reached to ensure that Northeast fishermen will be among the beneficiaries of the disaster-relief funding.
 
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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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