National Fisherman

On a warm, sun-splashed late November afternoon, the view from Hodgkins Cove across Ipswich Bay is startlingly clear, the visibility so expansive and sharp that if you waved in the direction of Plum Island, someone just might wave back.
Inside the University of Massachusetts’ Large Pelagics Research Center, on a spit of land that juts out into the bay, the work quietly continued.
Scientists poured over data and testing equipment in advance of future experiments. It was simple, methodical work. Still, it has enabled the LPRC to carve out an international reputation for cutting-edge science in the study of bluefin tuna and other large, highly migratory pelagic species.
The calm, inside and outside the facility, was deceiving, however.
Storm clouds, at least figuratively, have been gathering, seeded by growing concerns about how much longer the center will be able to do its work in an environment of increased competition among researchers for rapidly diminishing funding.
“We’re in danger of closing,” said Molly Lutcavage, the center’s director and research professor. “We’re in jeopardy of shutting our doors in June 2014 due to lack of funding opportunities.”
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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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