National Fisherman

Frank Foti, president and CEO of Vigor Industrial, says the Ketchikan Shipyard is "Alaska's newest and best ship-building facility."

He's biased, since his Portland-headquartered company owns Alaska Ship and Drydock. He elaborated during a speech celebrating last spring's opening of a new ship-construction hall.

"After the collapse of the timber economy here, these leaders saw an opportunity for growth and jobs and economic prosperity, while others saw only derelict infrastructure and a dying industry," he said. (Watch a time-lapse video of the hall's construction.)

A new study shows the shipyard is a key contributor to the region, with about 120 employees and $37 million in annual revenues. It's part of Southeast's maritime or "blue" economy. (Click here to read the report.)

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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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