National Fisherman

A commercial fisherman by trade, Mark Lofstad recalled keeping calm as the stern trawler he was captaining caught fire.
"I've done this my whole life," said Lofstad, the captain of Tradition, a fishing boat out of Shinnecock. Tradition, adrift in the Atlantic Ocean after a Thursday morning engine fire, was towed safely back to pier by 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Lofstad and U.S. Coast Guard officials. "I dealt with everything as it came."
The commercial fishing boat had been disabled after a fire in the engine room cut its electricity, Lofstad said. In the waters nearly 69 miles south of the Shinnecock Inlet, the boat was returned to shore more than 30 hours after an initial distress call was placed.
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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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