National Fisherman

West Coast fishery managers on Monday adopted stringent regulations against California’s swordfish and thresher shark drift gillnet fishery, laying the framework to more aggressively limit its bycatch of endangered ocean species.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously to establish hard limits on the fishery, which is active off the coast of Southern California, by the summer of 2016. If anyone in the fishery overreaches the new bycatch limits, it would result in a complete shutdown for the rest of the season. Additionally, the council is seeking to have observers on every fishing boat to ensure the new bycatch limits aren’t breached.
The regulations come after increased public concern about the fishery, which according to some estimates kills an average of 100 marine mammals a year.
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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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