National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

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


We're here today at the second and final day of Commercial Marine Expo in New Bedford, Mass., seeing lots of familiar faces and talking fish.

If you can't make it to the show, however, there is still a way for you to reach out to someone and talk fish.

The Senate is in session this week, and they're debating the farm bill. This may come as news to some folks, but there could be a tasty morsel in there for commercial fishermen.

For decades, the federal government has offered low-interest loans to farmers for operational expenses like equipment, seed and fuel (capped at $300,000). An amendment to the new farm bill would make the same loans available for commercial fishing businesses.

If you want to make sure fishermen have access to low-interest business loans, call your senator today and tell him or her you support the farm bill. And after you've done that, spread the word to your friends in every corner of the industry.

The fishing industry has to come together on some issues. Make a phone call and do your part to make sure fishing businesses have the capital and cash flow to keep running.

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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