National Fisherman

Dredged bay mud and sand, once as welcome to communities as a trash dump, may be key to saving Delaware Bay beaches and wetlands from erosion and sea-level rise.
This is one concept researchers, advocates and officials are considering as they move ahead with aggressive and creative plans for restoring parts of Cumberland County’s bayshore while ensuring communities most at risk from sea-level rise can better handle flooding and storms.
Ideas for helping the bayshore have long floated around, but recovery from Hurricane Sandy — and the increased federal and philanthropic dollars flowing into New Jersey — has effectively put a spotlight on numerous projects and all but guarantees at least a few will move forward.
“These are projects that protect the natural habitat, but they also provide for natural resilience,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, which is leading multiple projects along with The Nature Conservancy.
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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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