National Fisherman

KENNEBUNK — A memorial service to honor the life of William "Billy Mac" McIntire was held Sunday at the Franciscan Monastery, where more than 500 friends and family members gathered from near and far to say goodbye to a friend, family member and fisherman.
McIntire, who lived in the Cape Neddick section of York, was lost at sea on Aug. 22 just off Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. He was a tuna fisherman, and authorities say he went out on his boat, The Clover, that night with friends, jumped in and was never seen again.After an opening prayer, McIntire's sister, Kim McIntire, shared memories of her brother.
"We are here today to not be sad and grieve but to remember all the good about Billy," she said.
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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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