National Fisherman

Yes, it will be a form of income.

But something seems grossly unjust about the notion that direct aid being provided by the federal government to fishermen as part of a national fisheries economic disaster package may be taxable — beginning with the idea of these working businessmen having to funnel a hefty chunk of the money they are due right back to the same government that put them in this bind in the first place.

So while it is likely too late for congressional lawmakers to rectify this latest insult to fishermen, they should already be considering the need to specify the words “tax free” in any similar aid bill they will be putting through next year. And make no mistake — the delays in providing the long-overdue aid need to the fishing industry this year, coupled with potential new cod limit cuts and a failure to address the need for changes in the regulatory framework of the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act are already ensuring that another significant aid package will be needed to keep this industry afloat through 2015.

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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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