National Fisherman

National Fisherman's 2007 Highliners

If highline boats sit a little lower in the water when they return from a trip, it's possible highline skippers stand a little taller on the wharf.

This stance, however, will not reflect conceit or hubris, but simple accomplishment and readiness to embrace the next challenge.

Having fish to catch is one thing. Some fishermen can't take it for granted the fish will have water to swim in. Enter salmon fisherman Dave Bitts of McKinleyville, Calif.

Eric Jordan, of Sitka, Alaska, is following in the footsteps of his mother and father as an advocate for fishermen and the resource.

Norwegian-born Kaare Ness of Shoreline, Wash., emigrated from one world and has helped to shape another in the North Pacific.

Congratulations to this year's National Fisherman Highliners.

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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