National Fisherman

The tide has fallen for the last time for oyster magnate and seafood expert Mike Voisin, who died Saturday morning after fighting for slightly more than a week to recover from a massive heart condition.

Voisin, 59, a Houma resident and owner of Motivatit Seafoods, died at 10:38 a.m. at Terrebonne General Medical Center.

The news spread rapidly Saturday morning, from Baton Rouge, where Voisin was a perennial authority during legislative sessions, to Capitol Hill, where he was supposed to be this week to host an event to promote Louisiana oysters during Washington's Mardi Gras festivities.

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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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