National Fisherman

In it together

The year was off to a booming start with the United We Fish rally in February. Unite we did, and it was a good thing, because 2010 was a year of seismic activity for fishermen.

The industry faced a federal enforcement scandal, shift to catch shares, struggles over quota and fishing grounds, water resource battles, and wildlife protections.

But none of it could compare to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our Southern brothers have shown us how to face adversity by pulling up their hip-boot straps, pitching in and not giving up.

— Jessica Hathaway

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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