National Fisherman

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Shrimping season in Mississippi waters is just around the corner and to prepare for any fishing season fishermen take part in the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Biloxi.
Sunday marked the 85th year of the event which is one of the oldest blessing ceremonies in the country.
WLOX News was aboard the Pan American Clipper with this year's Shrimp King and Queen as well as Father Gregory Barras who was blessing the boats.
Fifty-seven decorated working and pleasure boats cruised the channel slowly passing the Pan American Clipper to greet the 2014 Shrimp King and Queen and receive a blessing for a safe and abundant fishing season from Father Gregory Barras of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi.
"Praying for each of them to have safety out into the water and then back and that they have a good catch and able to sustain their lives with that," said Barras.
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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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