National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



The folks in Michigan aren't having any luck in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to help them combat the influx of Asian carp into the Great Lakes system.

This week the Court rejected a second request by the state to close Chicago-area shipping locks to keep the non-native nuisance to boaters and recreational fishermen and voracious predator of resident fish species out of the lakes.

So if closing Chicago-area shipping locks isn't an option, how can the state encourage Congress to provide funding to develop alternate means of keeping the feisty fish from taking up residency?

That's easy.

Invite every member of Congress out for a day of boating or fishing on Lake Michigan. All it will take to loosen up funds is some hefty Asian carp leaping out of the water and smacking into a few of our esteemed lawmakers. That should get their attention.

And it will provide a few precious YouTube moments for our enjoyment. Bonus!

Congress will make the funds available before the plane back to Washington touches down.

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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