National Fisherman

The city will take the first step Friday in determining how to use a $75,000 state grant designed to help sustain Gloucester’s shore-side businesses until its commercial fishing industry can regain its economic footing.
The grant, secured in October, largely on the work of state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, will help identify essential harbor resources that could be in danger of disappearing before a more comprehensive plan for rescuing or reinventing the fishing industry can be developed.
But in the eyes of the city, this initial grant can lay the groundwork for so much more, serving as a springboard to reignite the discussion that first began in earnest last spring with the development of the so-called “bridge plan” on how best to proceed with the recovery of the port, encompassing all of the complex economic and social issues.
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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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