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.

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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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A deal for you

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.

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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.

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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.

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Inside the Industry

The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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Cummins  announced the opening of a new Alaska service location on Kodiak Island last week that will serve as a service and support location for commercial marine applications.

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