National Fisherman

ST. JOHN¹S, N.L. ­ Canada¹s potential free trade deal with Europe should
raise alarms that open access to lucrative seafood markets will come at
the expense of protections for Atlantic fishery jobs, says a new report.

³At stake is the ability of Canadians to pursue public policies that curb
domination of the fisheries by large corporations,² says the study
released Wednesday by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives.

³My biggest concern is that Canadian governments and citizens,
particularly provincial governments, will lose their ability to regulate
the fishery to maximize local benefits,² author Scott Sinclair said in an
interview.

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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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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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