National Fisherman

For the last two years, fishermen on the south coast of Newfoundland have been put out of business in midseason because of what their union claims are unfair quota allocations by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
FFAW-Unifor President Earle McCurdy said the sharing of a halibut stock that lies in large areas off southern Newfoundland, as well as waters off Nova Scotia, short-changes fishermen from the south coast of Newfoundland.
McCurdy said landings by fishing 3Ps-based inshore enterprises (3Ps is the fishing zone off southern Newfoundland) averaged more than six per cent of the catch of this stock from 2001 to 2010, but DFO implemented new rules that has cut the share of the resource for the 3Ps fleet to 2.5 per cent.
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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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