National Fisherman

Alaska Senate President Charlie Huggins and Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault appointed us as Co-Chairs of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC). It is an honor and a responsibility that we accept with humility.

The Commission will be holding it's first meeting in Juneau, from Noon-6 PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Centennial Hall at 101 Egan Drive. This public meeting will also be streamed live at

The meeting will include presentations from Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell; Governor Parnell's Special Assistant Stefanie Moreland; United States Arctic Research Commission Chair Fran Ulmer; the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary's Special Assistant Pat Pourchot; Distinguished UAF Professor Dr. Lawson Brigham; Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule and the former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State/former Alaska Attorney General serving currently as Alaska's Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Dan Sullivan.

The Commission is made up of 26 Commissioners, including 10 Legislators and 16 experts from throughout the state. We are excited about the diverse skill-sets this Commission exemplifies – an outstanding Alaskan team to help consider and formulate Alaska Arctic policies that will enhance federal policy for our mutual benefit.

Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

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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