National Fisherman

The second annual audit for the Alaska halibut fishery to the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification is complete. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. 
Click here for a copy of the Alaska halibut surveillance report. The report documents the assessment result for the continued RFM Certification of the Alaska halibut fishery.
For RFM Certification updates on Alaska's other major commercial fisheries, click here.

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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