National Fisherman

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association on Tuesday called on marine sanctuary leaders to look more closely at the impacts of scuba divers and snorkelers when creating new regulations.

The group outlined its concerns in a letter given to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary managers when they met in Islamorada for their monthly meeting.

Sanctuary managers are currently conducting a 10-year review of the marine sanctuary's management plan to determine if they need to expand existing areas, or create new ones that are off-limits to fishing and diving.

The Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association asked for more diver education and requested that the sanctuary require dive operators to maintain electronic logbooks that would be submitted daily to show locations visited and number of passengers in the water.

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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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