National Fisherman

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has declared the Fraser River sockeye salmon run a “fishery disaster” for nine tribes and non-tribal fishers in Washington state.


The Fraser River empties out near Vancouver, British Columbia. The sockeye salmon from that river are a key resource for the state and tribal fishing industries in Washington.

The Fraser River sockeye salmon runs are worth more than $4 million each year, and they’ve been in decline for 30 years. The fishery was closed altogether in 2013.

Fisheries managers blame the decline on poor ocean conditions, warm river temperatures and habitat decline, among other things.

Tuesday's disaster declaration empowers Congress to allocate money for fishermen and fishing communities that are affected by the crash.

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The Loud Hailer

NMFS holds turtle release gear workshops in Florida
 
NMFS is conducting a series of voluntary outreach workshops in August to review required sea turtle release gear for federal commercial and for-hire permit holders for snapper-grouper, reef fish, and highly migratory species.
  
Topics
• Where to purchase or how to make the sea turtle release gear
• How to use the gear
• Possible fines associated with not having the required equipment onboard 
 
Attendance is voluntary but highly recommended for the snapper-grouper, reef fish and HMS fisheries in the southern U.S. Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico. These workshops do not fulfill requirements under HMS regulations for Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops for longline and gillnet fisheries with shark or swordfish directed or incidental limited access permits.
 
Saturday, Aug. 16
6:30 - 8 p.m.
USCG Station
1800 Overseas Hwy
Marathon
 
Sunday, Aug. 17
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Garrison Bight Marina
Palm Ave & Eisenhower Drive
Key West
 
Monday, Aug. 18
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Postcard Inn
84001 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada
 
Tuesday, Aug. 19
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Port Salerno Commercial Dock
4643 S.E. Park Drive
Stuart
 
Wednesday, Aug. 20
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
River Walk Center Sunrise Rm
600 N. Indian River Drive
Fort Pierce
 
Thursday, Aug. 21
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Port Canaveral Admin Bldg
455 Challenger Road
Port Canaveral
 
Friday, Aug. 22
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Galimor Center, 399 Riberia St.
St. Augustine
 
Saturday, Aug. 23
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Safe Harbor Seafood
4378 Ocean Drive
Mayport
 
For more information, contact Charlie Bergmann at 
Charles.Bergmann@noaa.gov or (228) 238-4109.
 

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Recipes

Eric Haynes’ Cod Cakes

  • 2 pounds 8-oz cod fillets, fresh if available
  • 4 ounces fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 ounces onion, diced fine
  • 1 ounces celery, diced fine
  • 1 ounces red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 ounces green bell pepper, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Cooking oil or clarified butter as needed
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Book Reviews

 

Vacationland coverVacationland
Man Plans, God Laughs
By Nat Goodale
Bowditch Press, 2013
Softcover, 242 pp., $14.99
www.amazon.com

When I think of Donny Coombs, a fifth generation Maine lobsterman who's the hero of "Vacationland," the immortal words of Popeye the Sailor Man, pop into my head — "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!"

It will take him awhile to get to that point, though. Coombs is pretty much an independent live-and-let-live kind of guy. He's largely content to go lobstering, accompanied by his ornery, territorial, yet faithful and loyal dog, Tut.

However, Coombs' placid life is about to become more stressful on several fronts.

First there are his new neighbors, Delano and Eliza Nelson. The Nelsons are, as Mainers say, From Away. And the missus in particular is hell-bent on, as Goodale puts it on his website, "saving Maine from the Mainers."

Job one in this quest is getting Coombs to remove some items they deem unsightly from his yard. Thus begins what will blossom into an increasingly ugly battle between the two neighbors.

Then there's Shelly Payson, an attractive junior at Harvard, where she's an outstanding member of the crew team. Shelly's impetuous, and like her well-to-do father, Chase, used to getting her way. She's attracted to Coombs, which displeases daddy greatly. His mission is to kill the growing relationship between Coombs and his daughter.

And last, but certainly not least, there's lobsterman Stanley Maven, who covets Coombs' territory. He ignores signs to back off and becomes increasingly bold about setting traps where Coombs fishes.

All of these battles get ratcheted up to a fever pitch. And when Coombs reaches his Popeye-esque breaking point, things get very ugly indeed.

Goodale's crafted a fast-paced page-turner, filled with strongly drawn characters. At first, I was disappointed in the ending. I suspect I'm too used to watching movies where Hollywood wraps everything up neatly to send us smiling out of the theater.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it really rang true. When it's all said and done, "Vacationland" proves to be a highly entertaining story that's well-worth reading.


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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 7/29/14

In this episode:

  • Dismal Kenai king return prompts closures
  • State, feds unveil salmon restoration plans
  • Slow start for Maine’s lobster season
  • Va. oyster harvest up 25 percent in 2013
  • Fishermen tangle lines in snapper battle

National Fisherman Live: 7/17/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Mike Hillers about the Simrad PX Multisensor.

 

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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