National Fisherman


Charlie Baker, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for governor, recently waded into the debate over lobster fishing regulations, opposing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new rules for the industry while criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for refusing to weigh in on the topic.

In the statement, Baker's campaign targeted Coakley, the leading Democrat in the polls, for declining to comment on the NOAA plan. The statement included a link to a Patriot Ledger story in which a spokeswoman for the attorney general said Coakley's office was aware of the concerns of the fishermen but was not commenting on the plan.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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