National Fisherman

Last week's announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it would steer up to $10 million of seafood import tariff money into a fund designed to upgrade fishing fleets and provide support so fishing communities can transition to their futures was hailed as a good first step toward aiding the industry.

And perhaps that's what it will be: a very, very tiny baby step that will do some good over time.

But as Gloucester fishermen Joe DiMaio put it, "there is no time." And when it comes to Gloucester and New England fishermen's true needs, there remains no money either.

So to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others proclaiming this NOAA gesture "an excellent chance for our ports" is disappointing, to say the least.

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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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