National Fisherman

A man drowned after he was pulled off a boat and into a Northern California bay by a crab pot on Sunday, authorities said.

The Marin County Fire Department got a call around 10 a.m. on Sunday that a man had fallen over the side of a boat into Tomales Bay, said John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation and resource education at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Dell'Osso said the man was fishing with two other people when his leg became entangled in the rope attached to a commercial crab trap, or pot.

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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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