National Fisherman

It's been a horrible year for Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which plunged to less than half their overall population in the past year, and the state is set to decide Tuesday what to do about it.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is expected to vote in a public hearing at its offices in Newport News on whether to reopen the winter dredge season for blue crab, close it for the sixth year in a row to help the stock rebuild, or allow dredging with strict limits and oversight.
"If it is reopened, it will not be anything like what it used to look like," VMRC spokesman John Bull said Monday. "This plan would have tight controls."
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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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