National Fisherman


A monthlong series of forums seeking public opinion about the Maine lobster industry is drawing to a close.

The 16th and final forum organized by the Department of Marine Resources is taking place Thursday in York.

Throughout January, lobstermen and others with an interest in the state's signature seafood have packed into meetings held in coastal towns along the Maine coast.

Commissioner Patrick Keliher and DMR staff attended the meetings in search of ideas about the harvest, prices, marketing, Maine's relationship with Canada and the lobster licensing system.

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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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