National Fisherman

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing lobster, tourism, conservation and environmental interests reported Tuesday it is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about climate change it says is threatening Maine's lobster population. In a press conference on the Portland waterfront, lobster industry advocates said carbon pollution from power plants, cars and other sources is warming up and acidifying waters in the Gulf of Maine.
Warmer waters drive lobsters to migrate to colder waters and make them more susceptible to disease, while acidified waters hurt lobsters' ability to form adequate shells, the advocates said.
Emmie Theberge of the Natural Resources Council of Maine said people should support any federal action that will reduce carbon pollution.
"The fact that carbon pollution hurts Maine lobsters should be a concern to all Mainers," she said.
Lobster is Maine's most valuable fishery by far. Last year, Maine lobstermen caught a record 126 million pounds valued at $339 million to fishermen. 
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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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