National Fisherman

A Kotzebue commercial fisherman faces charges of waste after he left more than 100 salmon caught in a gillent to rot, Alaska State Troopers say.

Troopers issued a summons Aug. 6 for Roswell Schaeffer Sr., 66, for “waste of salmon” after he allegedly abandoned a half shackle of commercial gillnet filled with 103 salmon in the waters of the Kotzebue Commercial Fishing District.

Troopers did not reveal where the net was found but said they were given an anonymous complaint about a net and its location. After speaking with Schaeffer about the net, troopers issued him a summons to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge.

If convicted, Schaeffer could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. A troopers spokesperson said in an email that it’s more likely Schaeffer’s net will be forfeited and he’ll pay restitution and other fines.

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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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