National Fisherman

Both U. S. senators from Massachusetts agree on the need to reform the federal Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, but Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey have adopted different strategies for arriving at that goal.

One thing seems clear: Neither Warren nor Markey appear ready to file a specific Saltonstall-Kennedy reform bill in the Senate's current session.

The Bay State senators offered alternative means for pursuing Saltonstall-Kennedy reform this week when directly asked whether they plan to file specific legislation to reform the federal act that dates to 1954 and was designed to fund research and improve the nation's fisheries and fishing industry.

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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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