Written by Jen Finn
NEW BEDFORD — UMass and the state Division of Marine Fisheries will take up the dispute over fishery stock assessments as a counterbalance to NOAA's own survey of the problem, it was announced Tuesday.
The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute, which is a partnership between the state and UMass Dartmouth, met early this month and approved the idea of an "end-to-end" review of the groundfish assessment system in the Northeast.
Concerns about the assessments are emerging among industry members, academics and scientific experts. NOAA fisheries managers are under fire for the wide swath of uncertainty in the population estimates that in turn drive regulations, especially catch limits.
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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...