National Fisherman

After more than a decade of waiting for federal funding, a jetty and a seawall will finally be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion, officials said Tuesday.
 
The 3-mile long Accomack County island sits in the Chesapeake Bay not far from Maryland waters and it has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years. The island can only be reached by aircraft and boat, making the harbor a critical lifeline. The 430-foot-long seawall and 50-foot spur jetty is intended to protect the harbor from waves as well as damage caused by sheets of ice that are pushed into the inner channel and harbor.
 
"As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated all too clearly, it is critically important to protect the harbor with this barrier to clouding and coastal erosion. Also, this project will enable us, at the same time, to continue to preserve a culturally significant way of life that has changed little over centuries," Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement.

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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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