National Fisherman

There is much that remains unknown about the distribution of the approximately $6.5 million in direct financial assistance to an estimated 193 Massachusetts groundfishermen and permit holders, not the least of which is when they actually might get to cash the checks worth about $32,500 each.
Here is something potentially more maddening than the uncertainty of when the checks might arrive:
No one on the state or federal level will say with any certainty whether the direct financial aid, tied to the federally declared Northeast multispecies groundfish disaster, will be subject to federal and/or state taxes.
During the past three weeks, the Gloucester Daily Times put a simple question to several agencies and officials on the state and federal level: Will fishermen have to pay taxes on the direct disaster aid and, thus, send a portion of their assistance back to the very entity that provided it?
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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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