National Fisherman

Sensing an opportunity to get it passed, Sen. Mary Landrieu has transformed a red-snapper bill she proposed a year ago into an amendment to the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act being considered by the U.S. Senate this week.

The amendment, originally named the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Conservation Act, would transfer control of red-snapper stocks from the federal government to the five Gulf-coast states. It was co-authored by Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, and has the backing of all five Gulf-state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association.

"The old system governing recreational fishing for red snapper is unquestionably broken," Landrieu said in a press release. "If we needed any more proof that Congress needs to pass the (amendment), just look at this year's inexplicably short nine-day season. 

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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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