National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced Wednesday that she is leaving NOAA in two months, and some of her local critics said that this will be a chance to truly repair the agency in the eyes of the fishing industry.

Lubchenco's nearly four years at the helm of the department that regulates commercial fishing were filled with friction, controversy and lawsuits over fishery management.

"Her resignation marks the end of four of the most trying years that commercial fishing have ever experienced," Mayor Jon Mitchell told The Standard-Times.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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