National Fisherman


The ailing Apalachicola Bay may get some help if Gov. Rick Scott gets his way — but lawmakers say the funding will mainly go toward a study.

Scott's recently unveiled budget would give $3 million to "water quality improvement projects" in the bay, which is located in Franklin County. The Northwest Florida Water Management District would receive the money and undertake the projects.

State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, who represents the county, said he's pleased the governor recommended the funding.

"He understands the severe problem that we have with the Apalachicola River basin and the Apalachicola Bay," he said.

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Inside the Industry

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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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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