National Fisherman

The start of December combined with colder water starts a change of season for many of Bradenton's charter captains.
Many will put down the fishing rods and reels with clients while picking up mullet nets and crab traps to make a living during slow fishing times.
Not many clients want to fish with guides this time of year. The fishing can be difficult with cold and unpredictable weather, making it hard to schedule days for clients in advance. For this reason, captains turn to commercial fishing to make a living, mainly selling roe, mullet or stone crab claws.
While most rod-and-reel anglers prefer a mild winter and calm weather, fishing for mullet is better when the weather turns. Changing weather gets them moving in large schools and out in areas to be caught.
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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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