National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Board of Fisheries ended its 14-day Upper Cook Inlet meeting Thursday afternoon by undoing all the changes it made earlier to the Northern District Salmon Management Plan. The earlier changes would have created paired restrictions between the sport fishery and the Northern District commercial setnet fishery. Plan revisions were eliminated in a split board vote.
An attempt to undo changes made to the Late-Run Kenai King Salmon Management Plan failed on a split vote of the board as a last action before the board adjourned. Changes made to the Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan were left untouched.
In other board actions taken earlier in the meeting, Sheep Creek king salmon were added to the list of stock-of-concern fish in the Northern District. This raises the count to eight stocks of concern in the Northern District. The Susitna-Yentna sockeye salmon were continued as a stock of concern. This means the Northern District now has eight of the 12 salmon stocks of concern statewide.
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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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