National Fisherman

Environmental activists and a local legislator are urging Rutgers University to halt a seismic testing study planned for this summer, saying it would be detrimental to marine life and the local fishing industry.
Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action (COA), said during a May 23 press conference in Point Pleasant Beach that the study will include producing a 230- decibel sound blast on the ocean floor off the coast of Barnegat that will impact animal life throughout the shoreline.
“The study will be to blast sound waves deep into the sediment to look for sea level rise and climate change evidence,” Zipf said. “They want to augment some physical core samples that they took in 2009, and this data will provide a 3-D image of the deep sea floor.”
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) spoke at the event, launching a campaign to halt the seismic testing, which is expected to impact a 240-square-mile area over the course of 30 days, concluding Aug. 17.
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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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