National Fisherman

Destin is known for its local seafood; especially their red snapper.
"The public is used to having the snapper, and we have a tremendous demand and we don't want to lose that,” said David Krebs, Owner of Ariel Seafoods in Destin.
This week, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is discussing possible changes to the amount of red snapper caught.
Currently commercial fisherman can take 51% of the quota, and recreational fisherman get 49%.
The proposal under consideration would tip the balance in favor of the recreational fishermen.
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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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