National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced Wednesday that she is leaving NOAA in two months, and some of her local critics said that this will be a chance to truly repair the agency in the eyes of the fishing industry.

Lubchenco's nearly four years at the helm of the department that regulates commercial fishing were filled with friction, controversy and lawsuits over fishery management.

"Her resignation marks the end of four of the most trying years that commercial fishing have ever experienced," Mayor Jon Mitchell told The Standard-Times.

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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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