Written by Jen Finn
ROCKPORT — Governor Paul LePage told lobstermen at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport Friday morning that he wanted to work with them "to help make your industry more prosperous" and that "you are the ones that make the governor's office strong."
LePage made his remarks during a brief visit with Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher to the annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen's Association.
Shortly after LePage spoke, William Karp, science and research director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, announced to delighted fishermen that NOAA would continue to pay the cost of at-sea monitoring of the groundfish fleet for at least the next two years.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...