National Fisherman


The Working Waterfront Festival takes place this weekend and features the traditional Blessing of the Fleet, to be held Sunday afternoon on the State Pier. This year, New Bedford welcomes NOAA’s Eileen Sobeck to the ceremony. Ms. Sobeck holds the title of Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, and in that capacity oversees the management and conservation of marine fisheries. According to the NOAA web site: “Her focus is on rebuilding the nation's fisheries and the jobs and livelihoods that depend on them by promoting management approaches that will achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities.”

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New research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has found that around 47 per cent of the edible US seafood supply is lost each year, mainly from consumer waste. This huge amount of waste also adds to other problems threatening global seafood resources such as overfishing, pollution and climate change.

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A Cape Breton lobster boat captain who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of another fisherman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Reps. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) have cosponsored a bill that would prevent President Obama and any future president from unilaterally designating offshore areas as national monuments and restricting the public's ability to fish there. H.R. 330, the Marine Access and State Transparency Act, would require the approval of Congress and the Legislature of each state within 100 nautical miles of the monument before designation could take effect.

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Louisiana will get a windfall when the $18.7 billion fine the Gulf states negotiated with BP is finally meted out. The money is supposed to be used to rebuild the coast and mitigate damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, but last week, Gov. Bobby Jindal petitioned the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to divert some of the cash to a bridge project that would connect Port Fourchon and Golden Meadow.

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A spawning site off of the North Carolina coast is one of five locations selected to help in efforts to rebuild declining stocks in the snapper-grouper fishery.

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Electronic tag data is revealing complex behavior in fish populations, raising questions about current fisheries management policies.

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Contrary to popular theories, people living during the last ice age ate more than woolly mammoths, bison, and other large game.

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Five years after the Christie administration ordered scientists to remove oyster beds designed to clean pollution, the state Senate is poised this week to vote on a measure that could put the bivalves back into state waters.

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When the Bering Sea warms, there are telltale signs. One is a bloom of phytoplankton that turns the water’s normally gray surface to a lovely turquoise.

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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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