National Fisherman


RALEIGH — A dedicated source of state funds for maintenance dredging of inlets along the coast could be on the way.

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is the primary sponsor of a bill that would establish as a special revenue fund the Shallow Draft Inlet Dredging Fund. Money for the fund would come from proposed increases in North Carolina's vessel registration and titling fees.

Brown said keeping waterways such as New River Inlet and Bogue Inlet navigable is important to the state's economy, with recreational boaters, commercial vessels and fishermen among the many users.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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