National Fisherman


Two newly released U.S. House Rules Committee amendments combine to
roughly match the Senate appropriation totaling $60 billion for Superstorm
Sandy relief, but virtually eliminate the $150 million for fisheries
disaster aid aimed at providing relief to the Northeast groundfishery,
including fishermen working out of Gloucester.

One amendment for $17 billion, filed by Rep. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky
Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, contains no
money for the fisheries disasters of Massachusetts, four other New England
states and New York, as well as Mississippi¹s oyster fishery and Alaska¹s
Chinook salmon fishery.

The other amendment, calling for $33.677 billion and filed by Rep. Rodney
Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, contains just $5 million for the
economic fisheries disaster declared by acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank last September.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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