National Fisherman

The family of Gloucester fisherman Giuseppe "Joe" Cracchiolo, who died in a 2011 fall from a New Bedford dock, has received a total of $1.35 million in two settlements, the second reached while the jury still deliberated at the end of a 10-day trial.

Eastern Fisheries, which leased and legally controlled the dock on New Bedford Harbor, ended a three-year legal battle last week when it agreed to pay $900,000 to settle the wrongful death lawsuit the Cracchiolo family filed against it and the O'Hara Corp.

The first settlement came in September 2012, when O'Hara Corp, based in Rockport, Maine, agreed to pay the family $450,000 to settle its portion of the action.

Cracchiolo, 47, was a crewman aboard the herring fishing vessel Sunlight on Jan. 28, 2011, when he fell into the frigid waters of New Bedford Harbor while returning from dinner.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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