National Fisherman

DRACUT -- Fishermen and women from all across the world search the Cape Cod waters, looking for that monster tuna prize. Many come up dry, but a Dracut fisherman hauled one in last week, with the help of a random Dracut fisherman and friends who came to the rescue.

It might be a big ocean, but it's a mighty small world out there.

Two months after catching a 920-pound tuna, a Dracut fisherman and his buddies hit the jackpot again last week. They hauled in a 650-pound tuna on Thursday, only this time they helped a distressed fisherman -- also from Dracut -- reel in the fish.

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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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