National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Three of the biggest problems in fisheries management in the Northeast will be tackled soon by a top-to-bottom review led by the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology.

The effort is being spurred by the Federal Fishery Advisory Board created last year by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass.

The board met Monday at the UMass Law School in Dartmouth to hear the outlines of the survey, which is trying to tackle some vexing issues that come up repeatedly during fishing regulatory decisions.

One is the matter of taking climate change into account when studying fish populations. It is not being done now, despite evidence that serious effects can happen with even minor changes in seawater temperature or salinity.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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