National Fisherman


WASHINGTON (CN) - In an effort to curb overfishing of bluefin tuna, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed new regulations that would set limits for commercial retention of those fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The United States is a member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which requires limits on the number of tuna that can be retained by commercial fishing boats.

For the first time, in June, the NMFS adopted a resolution to establish commercial catch limits for Pacific bluefin tuna.

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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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