National Fisherman

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, is holding meetings throughout the summer with Lobstermen to find out what how this season is going for them. He found out during a meeting with Lobstermen in the Downeast region just how bad things are.

Tuesday night, Commissioner Keliher was in Ellsworth to get input about the industry and brainstorm future needs. Low pricing seemed to take precedent over all other topics for the around 70 Lobstermen who attended the meeting. Julie Eaton, with 27 years of experience in the industry, spoke up saying she got a low of $2.40 a pound earlier in the day in Stonington.

"There's such uncertainty in this business it's terrible," said Eaton.

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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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