National Fisherman

PORTSMOUTH — Participants in a fisheries forum Monday night discussed ways to improve the beleaguered catch share system of fisheries management.

The forum held at the Portsmouth Public Library was part of the Who Fishes Matters Tour, which is promoting a dialogue across New England about better policies for the fishing industry.

The talk came in the context of upcoming discussions at the New England Fishery Management Council regarding Amendment 18 to the groundfish plan, which Brett Tolley of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance said contains provisions that could protect fleet diversity and limit any one entity's ability to control too much of the total allowable catch.

Hampton fisherman and appointed member of the management council David Goethel attended Monday's discussion. He said the council will begin considering Amendment 18 on Wednesday.

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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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