National Fisherman

Fishermen, get ready to cast your lines.

At exactly 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, the first nets will be dropped into Alaskan waters to officially kick off the 2013 Copper River salmon season. The 12-hour fishing period will send the first load of salmon to celebrations in Seattle and points across the United States.

There are predictions for a strong sockeye harvest this year, which marks the 30th Anniversary of when the first Copper River king salmon were shipped fresh to the Seattle market.

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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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