National Fisherman

JUNEAU — The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyages of five commercial fishing vessels for safety violations this weekend, sending five vessels back to Petersburg.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding teams boarded the commercial fishing vessels and found "a variety of safety violations."

All five vessel crews were required to correct the deficiencies and have a qualified Coast Guard examiner clear the offenses before they can leave port and return to fishing.

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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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