Written by Jen Finn
On Friday, an interstate regulatory commission is expected to decide the fate of what some consider the biggest little fish in the sea — the Atlantic menhaden.
That decision will ripple through the Chesapeake Bay and up and down the Eastern seaboard. It will affect small business owners and recreational anglers, conservationists and tourism groups, Virginia lawmakers and those who earn their living from what is by weight the largest fishery on the East Coast.
At issue is whether this oily, bony forage fish will for the first time be protected by a coast-wide target catch limit in a bid to rebuild a population that studies show has plummeted about 90 percent in the last 25 years.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...