National Fisherman

GREENBANK, Wash. — A 97-foot commercial fishing boat ran aground Tuesday morning near Bush Point on the west side of Whidbey Island.

The fishing boat Neahkannie was reported aground at 4 a.m., officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said. No one was reported injured. A coast guard crew from Port Angeles was dispatched to the scene, and no pollution was discovered. A Coast Guard patrol boat is on the scene and the Washington Department of Ecology is responding.

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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


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.

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