National Fisherman

National Fisherman - April 2013

NF April13 cover

Tough act to follow

Our annual yearbook issue is an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and the biggest hurdles we face as an industry. Last year it seemed there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon for many fisheries. Salmon were coming back on the West Coast; scallops were scoring well for Northeast fishermen; Florida fishermen were making healthy catches if few others in the Gulf of Mexico were.


ATY Northeast

Calif. comes to Canadian yard; from harpoon to rod and reel

Cory Guimond at Millennium Marine in Escuminac, New Brunswick, has probably sent more boats to the West Coast than any other boatbuilder in eastern Canada or Maine. At last count, he's put 10 boats on long-haul trucks for the drive across the states. Two of the boats have gone to Alaska.


Gulf/South Atlantic

IFQ fisheries fare well, oysters don't; spiny lobster, stone crab start slow

Red snapper and red grouper top the region's list of healthy, productive fisheries in 2012 thanks to good harvests and very strong prices.


Drill to stay dry

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

As the skipper of a 44-foot dragger headed back to Maine after a four-day pollock trip, the two crewmen were on deck gutting and cutting.


JUNE 1997

A New Perspective

After nearly losing a son at sea, a family looks to the future.

By Kirk Moore

Jimmy Harris made national headlines two years ago when, while working 70 miles out to sea on his father's boat, he nearly died after leaking gas knocked him unconscious in a fish hold filled with 12 tons of squid.

The media attention is long gone now. But the effects of the near-tragic accident still linger with Jimmy, his father, his family and the close-knit fishing community of Cape May, N.J.


From our archives: Alaska Fisherman's Journal, October 1981

A Pelican in Petersburg

By Jonni Dolan

Early August — Petersburg has a pelican... nobody saw it arrive. Nobody knows why it is here, but everybody is interested in it, and all agree they have never seen anything like it. Pelicans aren't found in Alaska. The North American continent hosts both the brown pelican and the rarer white pelican, but their ranges are nowhere near Alaska. The brown pelicans can be found along the coast of Florida, Texas and sometimes from southeast California to southwest Ontario in the summer, and they spend their winters, admirably, in Guatemala or Florida. The closest known summer habitat of the great white pelican is Williams Lake, British Columbia, at least 550 miles from Petersburg.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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