National Fisherman

The final rule on a halibut catch-sharing plan that has been under development for years is expected to be published in time for the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage.

Meanwhile, the federal fisheries regional body is expected to give some direction during its October meeting, also in Anchorage, to the halibut charter committee, and in December, the NPFMC, with the aid of the halibut charter committee's recommendations, will make its own recommendations to the International Pacific Halibut Commission on management of the halibut fisheries.

The NPFMC notes in a halibut catch sharing plan summary now online at its website,, that the catch sharing plan requires both commercial and charter sectors to share in the burden of conservation based on receiving percentage allocations of an overall catch limit. It does not reallocate halibut, relative to recent harvest levels, from the charter to the commercial sector.

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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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