National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested Tuesday in Kodiak, after Alaska State Troopers say he drunkenly assaulted his deckhands and made three crew members decide to abandon ship.

According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, Nevada man Michael A. Clemens, 56, is accused of assaulting the two deckhands, both 22-year-old Pennsylvania men, Monday night about 10 miles southeast of Kodiak.

"At the time of the assault the vessel was commercial fishing in the waters off of Cape Chiniak," troopers wrote. "Clemens was reportedly highly intoxicated. The two victims and a third crew member escaped by taking the seine skiff to Kodiak."

Troopers were informed of the assault at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, catching up with Clemens just before 11 a.m. at the St. Paul boat harbor to arrest him on two counts of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault and one count of operating under the influence.

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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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