National Fisherman

The Massachusetts delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives is putting on a full-court press to convince that chamber’s Appropriations Committee to include $150 million in disaster aid to fishermen and fishing communities in the final omnibus appropriations bill.
The representatives, behind the leadership of Rep. William R. Keating, D-New Bedford, and Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., sent a letter to the chairman of the subcommittee of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies urging the inclusion of the disaster relief funds in Congress’ final budget.
”To date, the House of Representatives has failed to appropriate this emergency funding,” stated the letter that was signed by the entire Massachusetts delegation in the House, including Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem. “It remains imperative that Congress act to provide emergency funding immediately.”
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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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