National Fisherman

Opposition fisheries critic Jim Bennett, MHA for St. Barbe, says it's mind boggling that the Newfoundland government continues to approve open net aquaculture when the rest of the country is headed in the opposite direction.

Bennett responded, in a news release today, to Friday's announcement from the British Columbia Liberal government that it would accept the intent of eight of the recent Cohen Commission's recommendations and refuse to issue any more open net fish farm licenses until 2020.

Bennett said, last week Nova Scotia's NDP government, for the very first time, rejected an open net fish farm license after the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans concluded that such fish farms posed a risk to wild salmon stocks.

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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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