National Fisherman

National Fisherman - April 2008


When in doubt, notify the Coast Guard

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Some boat owners delay or avoid general preventative maintenance, are reluctant to inspect and test equipment routinely, or put off minor repair jobs until they become major repair projects. Some may think they don't have time to do the work or can't afford to have it done.


Gulf/South Atlantic Year in Review

Low quotas take gloss off IFQ among snapper fleet; swordfish a bright spot

After the first year of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper individual fishing quota program, price is up but federal managers drastically slashed the TAC (to 5 million pounds in 2008 compared with 9.12 million pounds in 2006), leaving correspondingly smaller individual quotas.


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As we travel to trade shows around the country, we often hear from readers that it is difficult to find National Fisherman on the newsstand.


In the course of a year, wild harvest fisheries supply the world with about 200 billion pounds of fish, give or take. Not nearly enough to eat, they tell us, but too much to sustain.



Powering port's last pogy boat; Maritimes boat heads for B.C.

In February, the 80-foot New England pogy boat Taylors Creek was tied up at the Rose Marine dock in Gloucester, Mass. The Taylors Creek is the only pogy boat still based in Gloucester, says Rose Marine's Frank Rose, a port that used to receive 750,000 pounds of the fish a day.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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