National Fisherman

HUDSON — Within 17 hours of each other, two men were plucked from the Gulf of Mexico along the North Suncoast after having chest pains aboard fishing vessels.
The first happened Wednesday evening, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard. A 72-year-old man aboard the Nina, a 28-foot commercial fishing boat, complained of chest pains.
The boat's master radioed the Coast Guard Sector in St. Petersburg around 5:45 p.m. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter crew, which found the boat around 7 p.m.
The helicopter crew hoisted the man from the boat and flew him to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition.
Then on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard fielded a call about a man aboard the St. Philip, another commercial fishing boat, 15 miles southwest of Crystal River. The 64-year-old also was having chest pains, the release states.
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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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