National Fisherman


PORTSMOUTH — Three of the state's four congressional representatives have sent a letter to federal officials asking them to study the impact of Sea-3's increase in rail cars carrying propane through the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
 
In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to consider conducting a comprehensive environmental assessment of the potential impact of increased rail traffic on lines running through GBNERR.
 
"The GBNERR is part of the Great Bay estuary, New Hampshire's largest estuarine system, which offers a variety of diverse habitats, including eelgrass beds, mudflats and salt marsh," they wrote. "The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper has highlighted numerous environmental effects that expanded use of these rail lines would have on research facility work, oyster restoration efforts, aquaculture operations, lobstermen, crabbers and recreational shell fishermen."
 
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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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