National Fisherman


ROCKPORT — Governor Paul LePage told lobstermen at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport Friday morning that he wanted to work with them "to help make your industry more prosperous" and that "you are the ones that make the governor's office strong."

LePage made his remarks during a brief visit with Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher to the annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen's Association.

Shortly after LePage spoke, William Karp, science and research director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, announced to delighted fishermen that NOAA would continue to pay the cost of at-sea monitoring of the groundfish fleet for at least the next two years.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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