National Fisherman

FisherPoets read from their repertoire at Clemente's Restaurant Friday in support of efforts to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay.

The bay's pristine headwaters could become a district for open-pit mining of copper deposits, and potential impacts on the environment and fisheries have fishermen and others keenly concerned.

Many Oregon and North Coast commercial fishermen travel to Bristol Bay to fish the large salmon runs that make it a premiere spot.

On Saturday, a panel of seven experts discussed the environmental impacts of mining, environmental law and philosophical decisions pertaining to climate change at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

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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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