National Fisherman

An online petition is seeking to close the beleaguered Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

It points to remarks by Regional Administrator John Bullard, who said recently, "We set the rules and clearly the rules have failed. There's no other conclusion."

He was at a New England Fishery Management Council meeting, referring to the apparent collapse of cod and yellowtail flounder stocks, and the extreme cutbacks in quota in the fishing year starting May 1.

"We believe that just as there are consequences for failures in business, so too should there be consequences for failures in government," the petition states.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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