National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Massachusetts will receive $14.5 million in relief for the federal 2012 disaster declaration for the region's ground-fishermen.
"It'll tend to favor small boats and it will have the advantage of everyone gets treated the same," said John Bullard, Northeast regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is distributing the money.
Bullard was referring to checks for $32,463 that will go to 194 permit-holders across Massachusetts. In New Bedford, 40 permit holders qualify, NOAA said. Fairhaven numbers were not available.
Recipients needed to have caught 5,000 pounds of groundfish within any of the last four years. They have already been identified, though NOAA hasn't released the names.
"For some it will be significant help, for others it might be a drop in the bucket, but it's something, and they can do what they want with it," Bullard added.
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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.

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