National Fisherman


Funding has been approved for several waterways in Carteret County as part of a measure to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which includes funding to help impacted North Carolina coastal communities to recover, was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday, Jan. 28, and was headed to the President for his signature.

"Communities in Northeastern North Carolina still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy will now receive the relief they need," U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said in a statement. "While I would have preferred for Congress to act much sooner by approving the bipartisan Senate-passed bill in December, this action ensures that our coastal communities will be able to repair damaged infrastructure and keep critical waterways open to ferries and commercial fishing boats."

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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