National Fisherman

In an effort to allow commercial fishermen to more aggressively pursue Asian carp, the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved an amendment to the commercial fishing proclamation at its March meeting, which was held Friday in Nashville.

Frank Fiss, TWRA Fisheries Division assistant chief, presented Proclamation 13-02. The amendment added black carp to the list of commercial fish species, modified commercial fishing hours on embayments of Kentucky Lake and changed gillnet mesh size regulations.

On the Mississippi River, legal mesh size will be 3 inches or larger. On other commercially open waters, legal mesh size will be 3 to 4.5 and 6 inches and larger. The changes will be effective 30 days after filed in the secretary of state's office.

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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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