National Fisherman

Making it the first European tropical tuna fishery to do so, the Pesqueras Echebastar has entered into assessment for Marine Stewardship Council certification.

If successful, skipjack and yellowfin tuna from the fishery in the Indian Ocean will be eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel.

The six units of certification comprise six vessels that operate in the Indian Ocean. The fishing method is purse seine, using both free school and fish aggregating devices (FADs).

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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.


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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