National Fisherman

The 2013 summer flounder commercial fishing season has come and gone in Massachusetts waters effective today, as commercial fishermen holding state and federal permits have reached the species' quota, NOAA officials have announced.

The summer flounder have not been prevalent commercial fish in the waters around Cape Ann and Gloucester, according to Vito Giacalone of the Northeast Seafood Coalition and president of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund.

Giacalone said the summer flounder are largely fished in the waters along Massachusetts' South Shore.

"We're probably right at the edge of their range, even if their range has been expanded a bit to the east," Giacalone said.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announcement released Wednesday, vessels may not land any summer flounder for the remainder of the 2013 calendar year unless additional quota becomes available via transfer from another state.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

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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