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    Fisheries summit a rallying cry
    BOSTON, Mass. -- March 3, 2015 -- The big windows at the University of Massachusetts Club, 33 floors up into the Boston skyline, filled like bright blue boxes of a cloudless sky that descended into Boston Harbor. It felt like the world had turned a corner and a long winter was finally drawing to a close.
    Northeast fisheries chief's credo: 'Take the heat. ... Move on'
    February 26, 2015 -- "If you relish independence, if you want to live by your wits, there's something magical about the ocean," Bullard said on a recent evening in a hotel lobby, his tall frame folded into an upholstered chair.

    Bullard now spends more time in Holiday Inns and Radissons than he does on the water. As an NMFS regional administrator, it's his job to frequent nondescript conference rooms, listening to fishermen who are wary of federal data and environmentalists who want tighter fishing regulations.
    NOAA, fishing industry find rare common ground on cod actions
    February 26, 2015 -- The period for public comment ends Monday on the fishing sectors' proposal to trade cod allocation for the elimination of some restrictive elements of the emergency cod measures NOAA Fisheries instituted last November in the Gulf of Maine.

    So, barring comment that will sway NOAA to a different conclusion, a coalition of industry stakeholders and sector managers seem to have done something extraordinary: convince the federal fisheries management regulator to reconsider a policy deemed by fishermen to be overly restrictive, dangerous and economically unfair.
    Scup Data and Stock Assessment Workshop Scheduled for April 20-24, 2015 in Woods Hole, MA
    February 26, 2015 -- The following was released by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission:
    New review of menhaden stock reveals population is in good shape
    February 23, 2015 -- Just two years after fishery managers slashed menhaden harvests to prevent overfishing, a new review of the menhaden stock has concluded that the population of the small, oily fish has actually been in good shape in recent years, and hasn’t been overfished in decades.
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JOHN SACKTON: The Gov't Has Given the US Seafood Industry a Huge Opportunity; We Won't Take It

February 23, 2015 -- The public perception of seafood’s fitness to meet health and sustainability goals is turning. The Dietary Guideline Report is a confirmation that what used to be only well known within the industry is becoming commonly accepted fact.