National Fisherman

A Denver-based fish importer plans to buy fish directly from individual boats within the New England small boat groundfishery in a well-intended program that still reveals the complexities of supporting beleaguered Northeast fishermen.
Seattle Fish Co., according to its director of purchasing, is interested in building a Colorado market for East Coast seafood as a means for expanding its seafood offerings and potentially helping fishermen in this region.
“We’re doing it to see if we can help support the groundfishermen up in that region, who have really been hit hard,” said Harry Mahleres. “Usually, our big thrust is from the West Coast and out of Alaska.”
The new program also emphasizes a boat-to-table philosophy in partnership with Open Ocean, which links distributors with individual day-boat fishermen who agree to provide transparent and traceable products at market-reasonable prices.
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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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