Fishermen and government officials are now sparring over dire 2013 fishing catch limits that threaten the very future of the industry.
And viewers across the country can get their "reality" TV tastes of the fishing world through shows like "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna," filmed out of Gloucester.
But fishing's harshest reality once again hit home in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, and in Deer Isle, Maine, with the U.S. Coast Guard's grim but understandable decision a week ago to end the search for the scalloping boat Foxy Lady II.
It had been missing since Dec. 15.
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LOS ANGELES — Volunteers who patrol California beaches for plastic, cigarette butts and other litter will be on the lookout this winter for flotsam from last year's monstrous tsunami off Japan's coast.
Armed with index-size cards, beachcombers will log water bottles, buoys, fishing gear and other possessions that might have sailed across the Pacific to the 1,100-mile shoreline.
The March 2011 disaster washed about 5 million tons of debris into the sea. Most of that sank, leaving an estimated 1 1/2 million tons afloat. No one knows how much debris — strewn across an area three times the size of the United States — is still adrift.
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I have never seen former New Bedford Mayor John Bullard look so downcast as he did last Thursday at the special meeting of the New England Fisheries Management council in Wakefield.
Bullard, who now heads NOAA fisheries in the Northeast, was trying to break the news gently that what the council is about to do with quota allocations wasn't going to be easy.
Someone in the room full of 150 people, mostly fishermen and their families, had asked him to "do the right thing" when it comes to issuing allocations.
"Doing the right thing is going to be very, very hard," Bullard said repeatedly speaking slowly in a low voice. He didn't get specific, but everyone in the room knew what he meant: This wasn't going to be pretty.
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A federal judge has given final approval to BP's settlement with a bulk of businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP PLC has estimated it will pay $7.8 billion to resolve economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals hurt by the nation's worst offshore oil spill. The settlement has no cap; the company could end up paying more or less.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who gave his preliminary approval in May, made it final in a 125-page ruling released Friday evening.
"None of the objections, whether filed on the objections docket or elsewhere, have shown the settlement to be anything other than fair, reasonable, and adequate," he wrote.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The administration of President Barack Obama plans to more than double the size of two marine sanctuaries off the northern California coast to guard the near pristine waters from oil drilling in a move that sidesteps potential hurdles in Congress, federal officials said on Thursday.
I nearly always attend New England Fishery Management Council meetings in person, but last month, I was unable to attend the meeting in Newport, and instead listened to the proceedings online. I found that listening, and not physically being there, gives you a different perspective on a meeting. You hear more intently. There are fewer distractions. Examples seem clearer. Patterns emerge.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, not typically given to hyperbole, issued a call in September decrying failures in "the war to save salmon." The problem with the word war is that it connotes immediacy and, even in the long term, daily calamity. But a war over salmon?
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