National Fisherman

A Seattle fisheries company has found the kinder, gentler side of long-line cod fishing. They're creating a new kind of vessel - one that's greener, meaner, more efficient and less dangerous.

Blue North has contracted with Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes to build one of the safest most environmentally friendly fishing vessels in the world.

The boat was specifically developed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery.

"The fish are automatically sorted and weighed. So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat," said Mike Burns, Blue North's Chairman. "So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat."

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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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