National Fisherman

An Alaskan nonprofit community development quota corporation has bought a Seattle-based seafood processing and marketing company.

The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA)'s board of directors voted on 17 May to buy Cannon Fish Company. The acquisition is expected to close July 1 of this year.

APICDA owns all or part of nearly two dozen commercial fishing vessels, two processing plants, and several sport fish and hunting lodges in Alaska, and works to support local economies through the seafood industry.

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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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