National Fisherman

HONOLULU - Faced with soaring business expenses and soft wholesale fish prices, some struggling commercial fishermen are considering going on strike.
About thirty captains and owners of longline fishing vessels met Wednesday to discuss a potential stoppage.
"They're really thinking about going on strike to send a message," said "Jenny," who works for one of Hawaii's 2,600 fishing vessels.
"Everybody is going broke."
On Thursday, Honolulu Harbor's Pier 17 was unusually crowded with fishing vessels. Many of them are usually are out to sea at this time. 
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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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