National Fisherman


The state Department of Environmental Protection is joining conservation groups in objecting to plans to conduct seismic testing of ocean sediments off Barnegat Bay.
 
The proposal, approved by the National Marine Services earlier this week, will be challenged in federal court by the Christie administration, according to a letter from DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. The challenge will be filed today, according to the DEP.
 
The issue is a contentious one, with conservationists interested in protecting the Jersey Shore’s coastal resources saying the blasting will adversely impact marine life, including dolphins and whales.
 
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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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