National Fisherman

Commercial fishermen tell WITN that they're concerned a historic fishery could be coming to an end.
There's a proposed ban over the fishing of river herring, because the fish stock is depleted.
Wednesday night at the Crystal Coast Convention Center in Morehead City, some fishermen were fishing for an explanation on the proposed ban.
Kathy Rawls with the Division of Marine Fisheries said, "When we adopted our fishery management plan in 2007, the stock assessment that went along with that plan, had a stock assessment of possibly 24 years for this stock."
Rawls said the river herring stock is still in a depleted state.
In 2007, a moritorium that banned anyone from fishing went into effect. Although, a four-day discretionary harvest season once a year, held over Easter weekend, was still allowed.
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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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