National Fisherman

YORK, Maine — An anonymous donation is supporting a new York Sustainable Fisheries Fund to benefit the health of the local commercial fishing business.

The estimated $40,000 in the fund will help continue work already done in town to support the working waterfront, according to Joey Donnelly, who is among three fiscal agents for the Sustainable Fisheries Fund. The other agents are Jim Smith and Cynthia Hosmer, both of York.

However, it's the York Lobstermen's Association that decides where and how the money is spent, Donnelly said.

The Lobstermen's Association, led by Mike Sinclair, is an organization representing an estimated 40 members, many of them among the 50 licensed lobstermen — 30 of them active — in York. An executive committee of Sinclair, Jeff Donnell, Mark Sewall, Matt Nowell and Jeff White is responsible for recommending how the funds should be spent, Sinclair 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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