National Fisherman

KETCHIKAN - The City of Ketchikan's new drive-down float at Bar Harbor has seen steady use since opening on June 17.
"It's been busy down there," said city Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon.
That certainly was evident on Wednesday afternoon, when boats lining the sturdy float included a seiner, a gillnetter and a commercial diving vessel.
A crew member of the gillnetter Njord was busy cleaning brailer bags as crew members of the seiner Quetzal walked the 48-feet by 120-feet float to head up the drive-down ramp.
"It's really nice," said Quetzal skipper Steve Good when asked about the new facility, "It's a very nice change - a nice addition to the town."
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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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