National Fisherman

It's no secret that the vast majority of recreational anglers and charter boat captains in the southeast United States believe the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) lives off bad data, and as a result, anglers are forced to deal with shortened and closed seasons.

The NMFS is a department in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that handles the management of the fisheries.

Earlier this week, senators from the states of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of how the Department of Commerce conducts stock assessments in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic.

The stock assessments conducted by the NMFS are critical in maintaining the vitality of the fisheries, the fishing communities and related industries in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Ocean.

"Stock assessments are the foundation of sound fishery management," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a recent press release on his website. "It is vital that, as we work to preserve the waters and resources surrounding Florida and other states, we base our management decisions on sound science. The report we've requested today will shed light on the decision-making process within the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and will help us to determine the best path forward so that we can ensure the economic livelihood of the fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic and the industries that depend on them."

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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