National Fisherman

PENSACOLA, ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- "That will knock your socks off," says an older voice on the overhead public address system.

After all, he's a little brash.

"Tell her to change the water in the Mackinaw red," barks the man with the flattened beret.

The same man can be short tempered.

"LEE! Straighten this out here. Here!" he commands.

Yet, the man behind the microphone, who acts like he owns the place, helped build his own seafood empire.

"Madam, you got enough of that?," he asks a visitor from across the counter. "Go take care of that lady there" he then instructs an employee.

Who is he? The legendary 84-year-old Frank Patti of Pensacola.

"I was born in the fish market," Frank said. "I use to go shrimping with my father when I was 6 or 7 years old."

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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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