National Fisherman

FAIRBANKS – Delegates to the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention took aim at declining king salmon stocks Wednesday, passing a resolution that would curtail commercial fisheries and give tribes a greater voice in fisheries management.
King salmon runs have declined on the Yukon River in recent years, which has led to limits on subsistence fishing in the state’s largest river. Those cuts have frustrated many village residents, who say commercial fleets should face more limits before subsistence users are affected. 
However, the Interior tribal consortium stopped short of backing a widespread civil disobedience campaign regarding the issue. TCC delegates, who are holding their annual convention in Fairbanks this week, deferred action on a resolution to require tribes to pay fines for fishermen who are cited for “protest fishing” during the king run. 
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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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