National Fisherman

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Many industries keep Hampton Roads running, including the seafood industry. But some professional fisherman say new rules may force them out of business.

10 On Your Side is looking into why some say the changes are so necessary, and how they could hurt the way of life for so many others.

Virginia waterman are passionate. One wrote into that the watermen have been cut short on income through the early closing of their oyster season. Another told us on Thursday that in less than 25 years, there have been more than 20 new regulations, and none of them have done what they're supposed to do.

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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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