National Fisherman

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For the first time in 35 years, there will be no shrimp season for New Hampshire fishermen.
This week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to shut down the shrimp season for the Gulf of Maine, which includes New Hampshire's coastal waters.
"It's a big blow," said Peter Kendall, manager of Yankee Fisherman's Coop. "It's just been a bad year all the way around, between the ground fishing industry where we were hit 77 percent, and the tuna was very slow, and now not to have a shrimp season in the middle of winter, it's really tough this year."
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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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