National Fisherman

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association has once again filed suit against the federal government over management of the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.

UCIDA and Cook Inlet Fishermen's Fund are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service over the decision to transfer control of the fishery from federal to state control, saying the move violates the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

While the state of Alaska has been responsible for setting escapement goals, making allocation decisions and managing the fishery in-season, in the past that was supposed to be done under the supervision of NMFS and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which was required to update a Fishery Management Plan every 10 years, although the last time the plan was updated was 1990. There have been occasional amendments for areas other than Cook Inlet since then.

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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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