National Fisherman

GALVESTON — The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the “precautionary closure” of oystering in Galveston Bay because of high levels of toxin-producing algae in the water.
According to a media release from the department, commercial and recreational harvesters should not harvest oyster, clams or mussels until further notice.
The closure went into effect Wednesday evening.
The department said regular testing revealed an elevated levels of Dinophysis algae in the water. The algae produces a toxin, okaiac acid, that can enter the tissue of shellfish. Eating an affected shellfish can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and cramping. The toxin is not life-threatening.
Read the full story at Galveston County Daily News>>

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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