National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


Yesterday, officials in Maryland and Virginia announced a second straight year of crab population increases in the Chesapeake Bay.

It's great news for baymen and blue crab lovers, alike.

I have to hand it to the local governments on Chesapeake Bay. While the crab restrictions have been extremely tough on crabbers, the fact that the fishery is on a major rebound speaks well to the management. And in the meantime, Virginia has kept baymen working by removing marine debris.

Both Virginia and Maryland have used federal stimulus funds to buy back crab licenses. I don't love the idea of eliminating fishermen from the fishery. But fishermen know that in tough times you do what you have to do to survive and help your family.

Let's hope that over the next few years, we will continue to see a thriving blue crab population and a strong population of crabbers thriving right alongside.

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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