National Fisherman

National Fisherman - April 2009

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Look lively on watch

Fishing regulations — even those intended to reduce hazards to the fleet — often result in quick turnarounds at the dock on top of long days and nights setting and hauling gear. Adequate sleep is hard to come by for any crew member on any fishing boat, but fatigue and inexperience are two especially deadly factors when it comes to standing watch.

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Year in Review

Northeast

Squid shines as lobster prices tank, crab stocks dip, surf clam fleet shrinks

Maine's coastal economy has been likened to furniture: a stool losing its legs as groundfish, herring and other fisheries get more restrictive. The breathtaking autumn 2008 dive in lobster prices threatened to kick out the last leg.

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A tale of two councils

If I had a dollar for every time the North Pacific council was offered up as fishing's example of the Truth, the Way and the Light, I'd be writing this from my winter home on Kauai.

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2008 Year in Review

A-changin' times

Individual fishing quotas have been around a long time: We've been discussing them — arguing about them, resisting them, and ultimately embracing them — for more than a decade.

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Northeast

Lobster boat picks up 7 feet; 30-footer has plenty of speed

In late November, a lengthening job on a 50-foot Wesmac lobster boat was completed at Finestkind Boatyard in South Harpswell, Maine. Tommy Clemons wanted 7 feet added to his lobster boat, the Obsession, to "make the boat run a little better. Before it was a little bit bow up," says the boatyard's Mark Hubbard.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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