National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Congress "needs to hit the reset button" on the Magnuson-Stevens Act that governs commercial fishing, Mayor Jon Mitchell said Tuesday at a press conference to introduce a state-funded report aimed at helping the local groundfish industry and the port of New Bedford.
Magnuson lies at the root of many problems, concluded the six authors led by economics professor emeritus Dan Georgianna of UMass Dartmouth and Rodney Avila, a longtime local boat owner and activist.
NOAA, the arm of Congress charged with implementing the law, tilts the playing field against fishermen by imposing "conservation for conservation's sake," said Kate Kramer, CEO of the city-based Center for Sustainable Fisheries.
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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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