National Fisherman

2009 Year in review

On the Brink

In many fisheries, 2009 was marked by low prices, caused in large part by recession. Elsewhere, we saw contested stock assessments, shifting regional council demographics, a questionable default to catch shares and an investigation of law enforcement.

The good news after a bad year is that things generally improve.

Indeed, the recession seems to be abating, if not lifting. NOAA has found a director for NMFS. And, as I write these words, fishermen, after centuries of practicing individuality, were preparing to gather by the thousands at the nation's Capitol.

Onward! — Jerry Fraser

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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