National Fisherman

In the same waters where Blackbeard once sought protection, Capt. Greg Mayer quietly slipped his boat into this busy-by-day, sleepy-by-night fishing village. With his precious treasure secured, he pulled in under the cloak of darkness.
That is, until he hit the docks at the Broad Creek Fishing Center & Marina, and a blast of television camera lights lit up his world.
Being a celebrity wasn't part of Mayer's game plan when he took to the waters as a New Jersey youngster nearly 40 years ago.
That likely will change later this year - thanks to a casting call from "Wicked Tuna."
The National Geographic Channel show headed south from its Gloucester, Mass., home this winter to film new episodes. It followed the bluefin tuna migration, so the stars of the show could challenge some of the top fishermen from the Outer Banks.
"Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" is slated to premiere later this year.
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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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