National Fisherman

The Commerce Department Inspector General's annual report for 2012 spotlights a "growth of complaints" made via the agency's hotline "related to NOAA," mostly involving "mismanagement or minor misconduct," and implies clearly that NOAA officials are showing insufficient interest in resolving these problems.

Not all the problems alluded to involve NOAA, but complaints about NOAA increased faster than any other agency in the Department of Commerce in the past fiscal year, the report notes.

Issued under the signature of Inspector General Todd Zinser, the report to the office of the acting secretary of commerce, Rebecca Blank, entitled "Top Management Challenges Facing the Department of Commerce," also describes what has been a year-long review of "rulemaking" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its policy arm, the New England Fishery Management Council.

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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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