National Fisherman

The face and composition of Gloucester’s historic inner harbor could change dramatically in coming decades due to substantial boundary revisions to the city’s designated port area contained in the state’s long-awaited DPA boundary review.
The report, authored by the state Coastal Zone Management Agency and presented Monday to Mayor Carolyn Kirk, would radically alter the current footprint of the DPA by removing all but two East Gloucester and Smith Cove waterfront parcels — the Americold cold storage facility on East Main Street and the Gloucester Marine Railways facility at the northern tip of Rocky Neck — while holding out the very real possibility of escalating development of alternative mixed-use sites across the waterfront.
The contraction of the DPA, first established in 1978 as a protection for fishing and fishing related businesses along the city’s waterfront, would have a domino effect that could provide the most substantial change in the city’s waterfront since it blossomed as America’s first seaport nearly 400 years ago.
“It’s a landscape-altering decision that’s been rendered by CZM,” Kirk said Monday, hours after receiving the report.
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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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