National Fisherman

Last week the Small Business Association (SBA) approved Governor Deval Patrick's September 5, 2013 request for an economic disaster declaration for local fishermen and associated industries. The declaration makes those affected by catch limits and dwindling groundstock eligible for subsidized loans through the government.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) will be made available to those affected by the fishery failure and may be used to help those fishermen and associated businesses meet financial obligations that could have been met should the disaster not have occurred. 
In September 2012, the United States Department of Commerce declared a commercial fishery failure for the Northeast under declaration #13813. The declaration became effective on November 1, 2013 for the incident period May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. 
Those with fisheries-related small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and non-profits in Barnstable County and Plymouth County, as well as other counties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, will be eligible for loans.
Read the full story at the Cape Cod Times>>

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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