National Fisherman

Fishermen are back on the water along the coast of Fukushima after operations were suspended last month after large amounts of contaminated water from the crippled Dai-ichi nuclear power station were found leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
Kyodo news agency reported that 20 fishing vessels set sail Wednesday from a port in the city of Soma, 45 kilometers north of the beleaguered nuclear campus. The expedition is said to be a trial to check if radiation levels in seafood caught off Japan's northeastern coast are within the government's safety limits.
Similar trials have previously taken place in the past, but various interruptions have stalled the process.
Commercial fishing off the Fukushima coast was suspended for 15 months following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. After trail fishing operations were restarted in June 2012, they were halted again last month, Kyodo reported.
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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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