National Fisherman

Funding has been approved for several waterways in Carteret County as part of a measure to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which includes funding to help impacted North Carolina coastal communities to recover, was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday, Jan. 28, and was headed to the President for his signature.

"Communities in Northeastern North Carolina still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy will now receive the relief they need," U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said in a statement. "While I would have preferred for Congress to act much sooner by approving the bipartisan Senate-passed bill in December, this action ensures that our coastal communities will be able to repair damaged infrastructure and keep critical waterways open to ferries and commercial fishing boats."

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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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