National Fisherman

Those engaged in commercial fishing in eastern Long Island Sound are asked to participate anonymously in a survey, the results of which will be factored into "the potential designation of a dredged material disposal site," the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday.
The online survey, open through Dec. 25, is being conducted by Tetra Tech Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help "characterize fisheries and lobster habitat" for the EPA's "preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the potential designation of one or more dredged material disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound," the survey said.
Periodic dredging is considered essential to ensure safe navigation and facilitate marine commerce, environmental officials say. 
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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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