National Fisherman

ORLEANS — With prices as high as $2,500 per pound, the glass eel fishery, legal only in Maine and South Carolina, was notorious for inciting illegal fishing in neighboring states, especially Massachusetts.
But the publicity may at last be catching up to eel poachers.
When passers-by questioned their activity last month, two potential poachers were scared off a fish run in Falmouth, where they appeared to be working on 35 pounds of glass eels gathered there. Plus, state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, recently filed a bill that increases the maximum fine from $1,000 to $10,000. She expects that bill will see no resistance and will be passed this summer.
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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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