National Fisherman

BOSTON — An "end to end" analysis of how regulators determine the health of New England groundfish stocks is now planned after being pushed by a federal advisory board.

Groundfish are bottom-dwelling species such as cod and flounder, and the struggles of some species are forcing huge cuts in 2013 catch quotas. But fishermen have long criticized the stock assessments, pointing to past mistakes and saying the data behind them is flawed.

The review has three priorities: incorporating environmental changes into fishery management; studying how the fishery is monitored and surveyed; and looking at how overfishing is determined, as well as certain details on how catch levels are set.

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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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