Written by Jen Finn
Just as big eat the little fish in the sea, Cape Cod's fishing fleet is being swallowed by larger pockets that are buying the available quota of cod and other catch.
Can the small family-owned boats survive or will the remaining fishermen wind up as sharecroppers for someone else's fleet?
"It would be nice to think if we wanted to go fishing we didn't have to work for anybody else but with consolidation it doesn't seem to be going that way," said Jason Amaru, who fishes ground fish put of Chatham.
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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...