National Fisherman

"Ding Dong! The Witch is dead!"

Area fishermen — those few that are left, that is — must be dancing around like the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" after finding out that the hated Jane Lubchenco would finally be leaving as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Her four-year reign as chief administrator of the department that regulates commercial fishing was marked by scandal over law enforcement and by lawsuits over fishery management and ended with a national fishery disaster declaration by the U.S. Commerce Department in September.

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Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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