National Fisherman

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries announces that as of Monday, several areas in Carteret County are temporarily closed to shellfishing.
No person may take or attempt to take any oysters, clams or mussels or possess, sell or offer for sale any oysters, clams or mussels taken from the following polluted areas:
• All those waters in Newport River north and east of a line beginning on the southwest tip of Core Creek, running easterly to Intracoastal Waterway beacon No. 24, running southeasterly, following the Intracoastal Waterway to beacon No. 28, running southeasterly, following the Intracoastal Waterway to beacon No. 34, running southwesterly, following the Intracoastal Waterway to beacon No. 38, running southerly, following the Intracoastal Waterway to the Beaufort-Morehead City high rise bridge, to include Core Creek, the eastern part of Newport River and the Causeway Bays.
• All those waters in North River upstream of a straight line, beginning at a point at the permanent closure line near channel marker No. 56B to the mainland side of the Harkers Island bridge at the Straits.
• All those waters in Whitehurst Creek, Sleepy Creek and Oyster Creek upstream of straight lines across their mouths.
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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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