National Fisherman

Fishermen and government officials are now sparring over dire 2013 fishing catch limits that threaten the very future of the industry.

And viewers across the country can get their "reality" TV tastes of the fishing world through shows like "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna," filmed out of Gloucester.

But fishing's harshest reality once again hit home in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, and in Deer Isle, Maine, with the U.S. Coast Guard's grim but understandable decision a week ago to end the search for the scalloping boat Foxy Lady II.

It had been missing since Dec. 15.

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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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