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: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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