National Fisherman

Since the dawn of underwater photography, researchers have been trying to capture the giant squid (Architeuthis) on film, but to no avail. Noisy, brightly lit submersibles kept the enormous creatures at bay. But now, smarter technology has enabled scientists — and the rest of the world — to finally glimpse giant squids in their natural habitats.

Edith Widder, an oceanographer specializing in bioluminescence, is the tech-savvy scientist who made this year’s Discovery Channel expedition to film the giant squid a success.

Widder’s research focuses on developing unobtrusive ways to observe underwater animals in their natural environments. She recently spoke at the TED 2013 Conference in Long Beach, Calif., where she explained how she and her fellow researchers were able to finally capture the elusive giant squid on film.

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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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