National Fisherman


A bill sponsored by a Sequim Democrat in the state House would allow counties to ban net pen aquaculture.

The one-page bill, filed Thursday by state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat, says: "Master programs may include provisions for siting or prohibiting the siting of marine aquaculture net pen facilities."

Steve Gray, Clallam County deputy director of the Department of Community Development, said that he was not familiar with the specifics of the bill, but said that some people in the county favor instituting a net pen ban.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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