National Fisherman

Joining the growing list of organizations vocalizing opposition to a proposed statewide initiative that would ban setnetting in certain parts of the state, the Kenai City Council Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution cementing its opposition to the initiative.
At least 15 people sat in on the council meeting and several testified in support of the Cook Inlet’s setnet fishery — the largest group of setnetters in the state that would be affected were the proposed ballot initiative were to pass.
The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Salmon Alliance have all voiced opposition to the proposed initiative through media releases, resolutions and legal opinions sent to Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s office.
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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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