National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and


Yesterday Commerce Secretary Gary Locke officially approved the Arctic Fishery Management Plan recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Also yesterday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski held a Senate field hearing on the topic in Anchorage.

Whether or not you had the opportunity to attend that hearing, you might want to sign up for the International Arctic Fisheries Symposium, coming up in October.

This gathering is going to look at all aspects of Arctic stocks and management. It is critical that fishermen be represented in the mix of scientists, fishery managers, conservationists and representatives of non-profit organizations.

OCT. 19-21
International Arctic Fisheries Symposium
Managing Resources for a Changing Arctic
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska
Contact: Nancy Hemsath
Institute of the North
509 West Third Ave., Suite 107
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
tel. (907) 771-2443

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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