National Fisherman

In anticipation of Secretary of State John Kerry's attendance at this week's meeting of the Arctic Council, U.S. Senator Mark Begich urged Kerry to consider the appointment of a U.S. Arctic ambassador and to build on the momentum of recent international negotiations regarding commercial fishing in Arctic waters.

The U.S. proposal to close international waters of the Central Arctic to commercial fishing enjoys general support from Canada, Denmark and Greenland and emphasizes the need for strong institutional mechanisms to manage, monitor, and control commercial fishing. The closure does not include the region covered by the North East Atlantic Fisheries Convention.

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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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