National Fisherman


Incidental harvest of king salmon in the non-pollock trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, a hot button issue for both commercial and sport fishermen, may come before federal fisheries regulators again in April.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council heard 12 hours of testimony at its December meeting in Anchorage as well as discussions about the incidental catch of chum salmon in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries.

The council then added the Gulf of Alaska king salmon bycatch issue to the agenda for its April meeting in Anchorage. The council, which considers bycatch a priority issue, has directed its staff to refine its analysis.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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