National Fisherman

Commercial fishermen interested in potential financial assistance from a trio of federal grant programs should keep two upcoming dates in mind.
On Sept. 29, the application period will close for fiscal 2013 Saltonstall-Kennedy grants, a national competitive program launched earlier this summer by the Department of Commerce to provide grants for fisheries research and other development project related to U.S. fisheries.
The individual grants can run anywhere from $30,000 to $400,000. Funding for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program has not been set, though Daniel Namur, NOAA’s program manager for the S-K grants reiterated estimates Friday that peg the overall figure at between $5 million and $10 million.
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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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