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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Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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