National Fisherman

Hurricane Sandy sent a record 14-foot storm surge into New York Harbor, flooding subway tunnels, shutting down public transportation, stranding millions for days and leaving thousands without power for weeks. Faced with the fact that, as the Empire State's Governor Andrew Cuomo put it, "it seems we have a 100 year flood every two years now," the storm's aftermath has inevitably included discussion on how to mitigate impacts in the event of future tempests.

There has been talk of looking for inspiration to Europe - to the Thames Barrier in London, or the Dutch Delta Works system. "If we had such barriers in place during Hurricane Sandy there would have been no damage at all," Malcolm Bowman of the State University of New York told NBC News.

Others, however, are advocating less capital-intensive projects. As he hunkered down in his apartment awaiting Sandy's landfall, author Paul Greenberg took to the pages of the New York Times to preemptively pitch one idea in particular: Oysters.

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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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