One would think that this would be a time of celebration for the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford.
After all, it is about to see a $45 million expansion, and the new UMass chancellor, Dr. Divina Grossman, sang its praises during her job interviews. SMAST, she said, is on the verge of greatness, of world-class status.
But there's a problem brewing, and many in the fishing industry are seriously worried about it. The reality of the campus budget makes it imperative that UMass Dartmouth find new sources of income, from grants and contracts.
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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.
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.