National Fisherman

Michael Kilby, who makes his living fishing the waters off Washington County, says he could not care less what is going on in that other Washington. Nine times of out 10, it doesn’t affect him.
“I don’t care about politics. I just want to go to work,” he said.
But in the last several days, the federal government shutdown has traveled up the East Coast and landed in his lap.
Last week, Kilby and about two dozen other fishermen who launch their boats at Cobscook Bay State Park returned to their parked vehicles after a day of work to find notices.
They were from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, which owns the land that the state park and boat launch sit on. They said the boat launch was closed and the fishermen should refrain from using it.
“We balled up the pieces of paper, threw ’em on the floor and continued doing what we’ve been doing,” Kilby said.
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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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