Written by Jen Finn
The governmental and financial package hailed Friday as giving Gloucester's Cape Pond Ice a new lease on life is not only a welcome and deserved lift for a business that's had to deal with the real-world effects of over-regulation on several fronts.
It also stands as a reminder of how government — especially private-public partnerships — can actually work when all sides commit to achieving a result that's not only desired, but in this case, absolutely necessary for a community and its economy. It was just last summer that Cape Pond Ice President Scott Memhard called out for help — and understandably so.
First, his core business — supplying ice for Gloucester's and Cape Ann's commercial and recreational fishing boats, has taken several hits just through the federal government's tight catch limits that have driven fishermen off the water and thereby cut sharply into the ice demand.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...