National Fisherman

Commercial fishermen and eligible shoreside businesses will get their first opportunity tonight to question state officials on Massachusetts’ plan to distribute $14.5 million in federal groundfish disaster aid money.
 
The state Division of Marine Fisheries has scheduled a 6 p.m. open meeting at the DMF’s Annisquam River Station at 30 Emerson Ave. that will include some heavy-hitters from the state, including Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin and DMF Director Paul Diodati, DMF Deputy Director David Pierce and DMF policy analyst Melanie Griffin.
 
The meeting will be the first of four that DMF has scheduled in communities along coastal Massachusetts to discuss the plan that is designed to pay $6.3 million in direct financial assistance — or $32,463 each — to 194 eligible Bay State fishermen, including 53 in Gloucester.
 
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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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