National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Northeast office Wednesday announced it is easing limits on some monkfishing to partially make up for the severe loss of quota on groundfish stocks.

Depending on the permit category, there will be no limit on monkfish possession from May 1 to Oct. 27 and perhaps beyond. The measure applies to the Northern Fishery Management Area, which is everything north of Nantucket.

The measure was requested by the New England Fishery Management Council as one means of easing the blow of sharp new restrictions on cod and yellowtail flounder.

"In recent years, the monkfish fishery has failed to fully harvest the total allowable landings for each year," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement. "By providing increased fishing opportunities for monkfish in this area, we hope to mitigate the severe quota reductions for some groundfish species in 2013, with little risk of overfishing monkfish."

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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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