National Fisherman

APALACHICOLA — Shannon Hartsfield warned Florida’s fish and game regulators that time is running short.

He told the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday that the bay that has borne his livelihood and thousands of others along the Gulf Coast now faces an existential threat.

If Florida, neighboring states and the federal government cannot overcome decades of legal battles and bureaucratic maneuvers to quickly restore the flow of freshwater to Apalachicola Bay, he warned, his voice quavering, “disaster is coming.”

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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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