National Fisherman

MOREHEAD CITY | The commercial red drum season reopened this week in North Carolina coastal waters but with stricter harvest limits than last year.
 
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed at its August meeting to approve plans by Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel to reopen the season Sept. 1 with a lower bycatch allowance.
 
Commercial fishermen will be allowed a seven-fish-per day bycatch allowance, so long as the weight of flounder, striped mullet, bluefish or black drum on board exceeds the weight of the red drum, according to information from the Division of Marine Fisheries.
 
For the past several years, the allowance has been 10 fish and any finfish species except menhaden could serve as the target species.
 
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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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