National Fisherman

New York State has certified East End waters as safe for the consumption of local shellfish, and shellfish harvesting will again be allowed in most East End waters starting on Friday.

The new certification applies to enclosed harbors, creeks and coves off Peconic, Shinnecock and Gardiners Bay in Southampton Town and East Hampton Town.

The lifting of the restriction means that the annual bay scallop harvest will finally be able to get underway in earnest, more than two weeks after harvesting should have started in Southampton Town and four days late in East Hampton Town.

The state closed shellfishing in almost all coastal bays on the Long Island following Hurricane Sandy because of fears about dangerously elevated bacteria levels caused by flooded septic systems and sewage treatment plants that may have malfunctioned because of high water levels from Sandy's storm surge.

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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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