National Fisherman


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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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