Oct. 3, 1970 — NMFS is born. Fisheries management makes a move at the federal level. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Commercial Fisheries will become the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Commerce Department. 

Director Philip M. Roedel will transition with the agency.
When refloating efforts failed after the 68-foot trawler Patricia M went aground in June at South Jacksonville Beach, Fla., owner Matt C. Rowland of Atlantic Beach removed as much of her gear as possible and then turned the hulk over to the insurance company. E.M. Hagen of Jacksonville was hired to do the job of clearing the debris and began burning her piecemeal. (NF December 1970)

The crew of the John N. Cobb tests methods for handling blackcod pots on bottom setlines out of Seattle. The fish, typically sold as bycatch on halibut longlines, go for about 25 cents a pound. (NF December 1970)

Did you see Twin Disc at the American Commercial Fish Exposition in 1970?

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 14 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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