National Fisherman

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is extending the public comment period for its proposed amendment to the Atlantic bluefin management plan. NMFS announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18 that it is extending the comment period until Dec. 10. It was originally set to expire on Oct. 23.
For details, see And for background, see the story linked to below.
NMFS plans to revise Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan because of changes in the fishery to prevent overfishing, reduce dead discards, comply with international treaties, minimize by-catch, improve reporting and monitoring, enhance the fishing experience and achieve the best possible yield.
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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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