Written by Linc Bedrosian
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A new federal report indicates a smaller Northeast fleet caught more fish and made more money in the 2011 fishing year than the year before.
The report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was released Wednesday. It said the number of vessels fell from 890 to 805 in the 2011 fishing year, which ended April 30, 2012.
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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...