National Fisherman

Two newly released U.S. House Rules Committee amendments combine to
roughly match the Senate appropriation totaling $60 billion for Superstorm
Sandy relief, but virtually eliminate the $150 million for fisheries
disaster aid aimed at providing relief to the Northeast groundfishery,
including fishermen working out of Gloucester.

One amendment for $17 billion, filed by Rep. Hal Rogers, a Kentucky
Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, contains no
money for the fisheries disasters of Massachusetts, four other New England
states and New York, as well as Mississippi¹s oyster fishery and Alaska¹s
Chinook salmon fishery.

The other amendment, calling for $33.677 billion and filed by Rep. Rodney
Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, contains just $5 million for the
economic fisheries disaster declared by acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
Blank last September.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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