National Fisherman

Federal fishing regulators are being pushed by a bipartisan lobby to reconsider closing Massachusetts Bay to lobstering from January to May, a move that would affect an area extending from Cape Ann’s southern coastline to Cape Cod’s northern shores.

The restrictions, which also apply to Cape Cod Bay, would close the bays to protect right and humpback whales.

The issue is just the latest point of friction between Massachusetts political leaders and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose regulations and scientific data on groundfish, including cod, have long been in dispute and blamed by many for triggering the need for an economic disaster declaration and some $33 million in federal disaster aid for the Northeast.

The lawmakers — including Senate President Therese Murray, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, and state Reps. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, and Brad Hill, the Ipswich Republican whose district includes Manchester — argue that the lobstering rule is based on bad science and will hurt the Bay State lobster industry.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker on Friday joined the bipartisan effort.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Times>>

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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