National Fisherman

”We do not want to be forgotten. This is our hope.”

Those were the words of Rikuzentakata Mayor Futoshi Toba in a message posted on the Internet to “our friends overseas” after the March 11, 2011, tsunami swept away most of the once prosperous Japanese city.

Thousands of miles away in Crescent City, 35 boats were crushed and most of the harbor's docks were swept away as a series of surges generated by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake flowed through the harbor, but spared the town with its own history of wave-driven devastation.

Two years later it appears Rikuzentakata and Crescent City are connected once again with the discovery of a small, barnacle-encrusted boat that washed up just south of the Del Norte County city earlier this week.

Read the full story at Daily Breeze>>

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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