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

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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