National Fisherman

A Seattle factory fishing trawler being towed into Esquimalt Harbour crashed into a docked warship Tuesday, causing seawater to slam onto the bows of both vessels. Maintenance workers and crew members were on board both vessels and six people suffered minor injuries.

American Seafoods Company's 272-foot American Dynasty broke away from two tugboats and ran into HMCS Winnipeg, said Larry Edwards of the Esquimalt public works department, who saw the collision from his window.

No estimates have been released on how much it might cost to repair the ships and the jetty at CFB Esquimalt where Winnipeg was docked. The warship was due back in service this month after undergoing a massive refit and systems upgrade.

Edwards said he saw a tug on the port side of the trawler's bow helping it to swivel. Whatever went wrong happened quickly, he said.

"It wasn't even a couple of minutes when the tug backed off in a hurry, and very quickly, within 15 to 20 seconds, we heard the boom and the wall of water rushed over the Winnipeg's bow," Edwards said.

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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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