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Congressman Tierney Fights For Fishermen

A Massachusetts Congressman says he'll file an amendment to insert $150 million in emergency funds for fishermen in the House's Superstorm Sandy Relief Bill.  

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tsm - New Bedford Fishing Boats

Fishing Legislation Could Come Up Short

A Massachusetts Congressman is warning that legislation being considered in the House of Representatives to give emergency aid to fishermen would come up woefully short for the local industry.

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Fishing Boats

Disaster Relief Bill Benefits Southcoast Fishing Industry

Typical of Washington, the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill was filled with funds unrelated to "hurricane disaster relief."

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Fish Regulators Consider Drastic Cuts in New England

Fishery regulators are considering huge cuts to key fish stocks before an audience of frustrated fishermen who say the flailing industry will collapse under more reductions.
 
    The New England Fishery Management Council met Thursday to consider drastic cuts in catch limits for bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder, that scientists say are recovering too slowly
 
    Regulators have estimated cuts as large as 90 percent, compared with 2011, are needed to meet the legal mandates to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks

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animaltourism.com,flickr

US Commerce Secretary Orders Fishing Fines Returned

The acting U.S. Commerce Secretary has ordered federal fishery regulators to return about $544,000 in fines to 14 fishermen or fishing-related businesses, most in the northeast.

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Center for American Progress, flickr

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco Resigning

Many in the area have called for her resignation, and now the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is stepping down. Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced her intent to resign today.

In a written statement, Lubchenco says she has decided to return to her family on the West Coast at the end of February

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Travis S.,flickr

Fairhaven Shellfish Area Finally Re-Opens

Ten years after the Bouchard Oil spill, one of the last shellfishing area affected by the spill is about to be re opened.

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New Bedford, Gloucester Come Up Short in Catch Shares Suit

A federal appeals court has rejected claims by New England's largest fishing ports that federal fishing law was improperly enacted and would lead to the destruction of local fleets. 

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YouTube

‘Nor’Easter Men’ on History Channel Will Blow You Away

The History Channel is launching a new reality TV series tonight at 9 pm called Nor'easter Men. The reason I'm so excited about it is two fold.

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Feds to Delay Porpoise Closure in Gulf of Maine

The Northeast's top federal fisheries manager says he'll delay a planned shutdown of a key fishing area after fishermen argued the closure to protect harbor porpoises would devastate an industry segment

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