National Fisherman

CORTEZ - Manatee County's historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the "Ultimate Fishing Town."

Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks' Ultimate Fishing Town contest, putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000.

"I just think Cortez is coming into its own," Karen Bell said. "People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing."

Bell, a manager at the family-run A.P. BellFishing Co., attributes the increased attention Cortez and similar fishing communities have gained to television shows such as Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna."

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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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