National Fisherman

The New York State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would give commercial fishermen what officials say is some much needed relief.

The bill would help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their
daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the
Senate, with just one vote against it, according to New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, R-C-I, Port Jefferson, who sponsored the bill.

LaValle's office said his bill "allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete." According to the bill individuals with different fishing licenses would also be allowed to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat, which is currently prohibited.

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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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