National Fisherman

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Safariland Group, a manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military, has acquired Mustang Survival and its related entities, Mustang Survival Inc. and Mustang Survival Mfg. Inc. (collectively, "Mustang Survival").

Mustang Survival provides lifesaving equipment for recreational, military, law enforcement and industrial users in the marine and aviation environments. For more than 45 years, Safariland says, Mustang Survival has been transforming innovative ideas and technologies into high-quality and practical lifesaving products such as inflatable personal flotation devices, flotation clothing, dry suits, anti-g suits and a wide range of products to protect serious users in extreme environments.

"We are excited to be bringing together two companies that are both committed to saving lives as a part of their core mission," says Scott O'Brien, president of The Safariland Group, in a company news release. "Mustang Survival's history of lifesaving marine and aviation equipment has presented unique growth opportunities for our company, especially as we aim to broaden our suite of products that help save lives."

The Safariland Group, acquired by an affiliate of Kanders and Company Inc. in July 2012, says it is globally expanding its current brands while pursuing acquisitions aligned with its mission of "Together, We Save Lives." Mustang Survival represents the company's first acquisition in the marine and aviation industries.

"Joining forces with The Safariland Group represents an important step in the global expansion of the Mustang Survival brand," says Mustang President Jim Hartt, who will continue in his current role. "We expect to leverage their resources to further drive our innovation in new product development and to take our products to a new level of performance as we expand the reach of our safety equipment to new customers, markets and applications."

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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