National Fisherman

PORT O'CONNOR - The sleepy fishing village of Port O'Connor became abuzz Thursday, evolving into a multiagency oil-response headquarters.
Throughout the day, response crews dropped more booms into the Gulf of Mexico designed to protect environmentally sensitive Matagorda Island and its endangered species.
Aerial observations in the morning detected patchy, washed-up oil globs spread over a 12-mile stretch of the Gulf-side beach of the island, south of the state park.
"I know a lot of people in town are a little upset because they feel like they should tell us what's going on," said Mary Jo Walker, the Port O'Connor Chamber of Commerce president.
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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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