National Fisherman


Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Associated Press reported.
 
Harvests rebounded slightly last year, but are again much lower than before the spill in the oyster beds that got the worst of the oil during the 87-day spill.
 
Scientists are still studying whether there is a conclusive link between the spill and the oyster decline, or if it’s related to other changes in the water, weather, overfishing or other factors.
 
A BP spokesman told AP that multiple government studies have shown that any dropoffs were not due to the explosion that killed 11 people or the spill that followed.
 
Read the full story at The Hill>>
 
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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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