National Fisherman

WARRENTON —  A death off the Washington coast and two close calls, including one off Cape Arago, has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to remind crabbers to avoid fatigue and wear life jackets. 

John Salas, a 56-year-old crewman on the crabbing vessel Senja, died after falling overboard without a life jacket Jan. 15 off the mouth of the Queets River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Although the crew reacted quickly and a deckhand went after him in an immersion suit, Salas died. His body has not yet been recovered.

Two additional near catastrophes within the Pacific Northwest Dungeness crab fleet in recent weeks have demonstrated the dangers of neglecting proper sleep at sea.

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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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