National Fisherman

TUESDAY'S SPLIT DECISION upholding the Interior Department's controversial decision to not renew the lease of the Point Reyes oyster farm is not the end of the battle.

Kevin Lunny, whose family owns and runs Drakes Bay Oyster Co., and his lawyers say they will appeal the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, reached on a 2-1 ruling.

Lunny is seeking a temporary injunction, asking the court to allow his family to continue to do business until his lawsuit is heard by the court.

In Tuesday's ruling, the majority turned him down, ruling that the Interior Department acted legally in deciding not to renew the lease and ordering the oyster farm to close down its operation.

The judges emphasized it was not the court's decision whether then-Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar's decision was right, but whether it was legal.

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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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