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

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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