National Fisherman


The documentary film "Dirty Energy" opens like one of British Petroleum's TV commercials, touting the cleaned-up beaches and bountiful harvests of plump pink shrimp of the Gulf of Mexico. A white crane stands as elegantly as a question mark in crystalline Gulf waters as the hypnotic sound of rushing water engulfs you.

The camera pans over the eddying, undulating sea. You want to go there. You want to be there — until the screen fills with a psychedelically gross oil slick; a thick viscous mat of black, brown and orange crude oil, lapping up against the edge of a Louisiana bayou.

In "Dirty Energy," director Bryan Hopkins of Wyandotte peers into the human cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which began in April 2010 and continues to this day despite BP's commercials to the contrary.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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