National Fisherman

The search for a missing Franklin County oysterman ended Tuesday afternoon, nearly 30 hours after his boat sank in Apalachicola Bay.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the body of Brandon Wayne "Bruno" Creamer was found about a mile from where he was last seen Monday morning. His companion, Billie Murray of Eastpoint, was rescued by another boater but Creamer had disappeared below the surface before he could be reached.

The agency was assisted in its efforts by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Gulf County Sheriff's Office and several private vessels.

Divers using handheld sonar units began the second day of the search with an inspection of Creamer's submerged vessel. The boat sits intact in about 10 feet of water, several hundred yards west of the Bryant Patton Bridge connecting Eastpoint to St. George Island.

Strong currents and low visibility made diving difficult, said Lt. Charlie Wood of the FFWCC's Division of Law Enforcement. "As strong as they were, the divers were having problems staying there and the water visibility is very, very dim," Wood said.

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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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