National Fisherman

When preparing and serving bluefin tuna, TJ Ott is a minimalist.
The captain of the fishing boat Hot Tuna and mainstay of National Geographic Channel’s unscripted Sunday hit “Wicked Tuna” prefers his tuna raw, thank you very much, with a little soy and wasabe on the side.
But if he must apply heat, he does so sparingly.
“What we like to do,” explains Ott, a native of Broad Channel in Queens, N.Y., “is take probably inch and a half steaks and we’ll coat it with sesame oil and then we’ll coat them with some black and white sesame seed, put a little bit of sesame oil in the pan and get it really, really red hot and just sear it really quick on both sides.”
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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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