National Fisherman

In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed helped lead a bipartisan effort to include $150 million in federal funding for fisheries disasters that were declared in 2012. The subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday.

"This is a positive step forward that could help provide real relief to our fishermen," said Reed. "Fishing communities in Rhode Island and throughout the Northeast were affected directly and indirectly by the groundfish disaster."

In September 2012, a federal fisheries disaster was declared for multiple groundfish species in the Northeast Atlantic as a result of severely low stocks of key groundfish species, such as cod and flounder. Six Northeast states have been significantly impacted by this disaster declaration, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.

According to a U.S. Senate committee report, U.S. commercial fishermen landed more than 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion. However, some of these fisheries experienced significant hardships in 2012, which led the U.S. secretary of commerce to declare several federal fishery disasters.

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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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