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Key Fisheries Administrator Is Coming to Ellsworth



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John Bullard

ELLSWORTH — John Bullard, the Northeast regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NMFS), will visit Ellsworth for a “listening session” with stakeholders and members of the public concerned with challenges facing the fishing industry.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ellsworth City Hall. Bullard is scheduled to hold another session in Portland on Aug. 28. He has already held meetings in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

In a statement announcing the planned meetings, NMFS said that Bullard hopes to hear from “fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, seafood dealers and processors,” as well as the public about both issues of concern to the fishing industry as well as “what success looks like” in terms of management of the region’s fisheries resources.

Bullard was appointed as head of the NMFS Northeast Region, which stretches from Maine to North Carolina, early last month and began work on Aug. 6. He succeeded Patricia Kurkul, who retired after more than 10 years in that job, at the end of 2011.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]