National Fisherman

It's a simple matter of communication.
Local lobstermen say it's been lacking on the part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whose research vessel, the Ferdinand R. Hassler, has been scouring local waters as it re-maps the ocean bottom.
While the vessel's mission may be a productive one — updating nautical charts that in some cases haven't been touched in decades — it's creating unintended consequences for local fishermen. They say the Hassler's equipment has cut their fishing lines and traps, resulting in more than $25,000 in lost gear.
Mike Sinclair, president of the York Lobstermen's Association, said that while NOAA reimburses lobstermen $80 per trap, it doesn't reimburse them for the tags lost along with the trap, or the lost income that results.
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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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