National Fisherman

Tracey Nuzzi's dad was purse seining for the regional salmon hatcheries in Cordova in 2008 when he suggested she visit for the shorebird festival. Upon Nuzzi's arrival, her dad threw a welder in her hands to help build a boat. She never saw the birds.
Nuzzi decided to stay in Cordova, where she got a job on a local fishing boat. Two years ago, she and her brother bought their own boat and a gillnet fishing permit.
"I fell in love with working and living on boats," she said. "But there are responsibilities, too."
Nuzzi signed up for the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit in 2012 to better understand what the commercial fishing life entails. Organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, the summit brings together young commercial fishermen to learn about fishing business and fisheries management from experts.
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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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