National Fisherman

There is much that remains unknown about the distribution of the approximately $6.5 million in direct financial assistance to an estimated 193 Massachusetts groundfishermen and permit holders, not the least of which is when they actually might get to cash the checks worth about $32,500 each.
 
Here is something potentially more maddening than the uncertainty of when the checks might arrive:
 
No one on the state or federal level will say with any certainty whether the direct financial aid, tied to the federally declared Northeast multispecies groundfish disaster, will be subject to federal and/or state taxes.
 
During the past three weeks, the Gloucester Daily Times put a simple question to several agencies and officials on the state and federal level: Will fishermen have to pay taxes on the direct disaster aid and, thus, send a portion of their assistance back to the very entity that provided it?
 
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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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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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