National Fisherman

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Certain kinds of fish farming, with proper planning and safeguards, can be undertaken with little or no harm to coastal ocean environments, U.S. officials say.
Researchers with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration conducted a study of aquaculture, focusing on environmental effects on water quality, coastal habitats and other marine life.
"We did this study because of concerns that putting marine finfish farms in the coastal ocean could have adverse effects on the environment," James Morris, an ecologist with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, said. "We found that, in cases where farms are appropriately sited and responsibly managed, impacts to the environment are minimal to non-existent."
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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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