National Fisherman

The York County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday whether to set in motion a process that could change the rezoning of the York Point subdivision to prohibit farming and accessory apartments in the neighborhood.
The proposed zoning change would add and subtract numerous uses from what is acceptable in York Point, according to the York County Zoning Ordinance. Backyard chicken and horse keeping would still be allowed, however a special-use permit would be required. The current designation of York Point allows backyard chicken and horse keeping by right.
Other land uses currently allowed in York Point that would be prohibited under the new designation include commercial orchards or vineyards, forestry and accessory apartments. The change would add group homes with more than eight occupants and transitional homes as acceptable uses for property in York Point, however a special-use permit would be required for either of those.
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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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