National Fisherman


BOSTON — An "end to end" analysis of how regulators determine the health of New England groundfish stocks is now planned after being pushed by a federal advisory board.

Groundfish are bottom-dwelling species such as cod and flounder, and the struggles of some species are forcing huge cuts in 2013 catch quotas. But fishermen have long criticized the stock assessments, pointing to past mistakes and saying the data behind them is flawed.

The review has three priorities: incorporating environmental changes into fishery management; studying how the fishery is monitored and surveyed; and looking at how overfishing is determined, as well as certain details on how catch levels are set.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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