National Fisherman

NOAA has released a video and an essay on the Office of Law Enforcement website touting its value to the nation and the fishing industry by ensuring “a level playing field” — even as the agency continued to suppress a $500,000 addendum to a special judicial master’s report on abuses of the badge carried out against commercial fishermen in Gloucester and across the Northeast.

The 66-case study by Special Master Charles B. Swartwood III was completed and delivered to the office of then Commerce Secretary John Bryson last March, but still has not been made public.

In late September, after Bryson was found unconscious behind the wheel of his car in suburban Los Angeles and resigned from the cabinet, a spokeswoman for Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank said she had asked her staff to “gather more information regarding issues identified” in the 554-page report by Swartwood.

But since then, numerous queries to Blank, Cameron Kerry — general counsel for the department and the brother of U.S. Sen. John Kerry — NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and her chief counsel Lois Schiffer have been ignored.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

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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