The industry has marked some major victories this year, from potentially fatal blows to Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of the world's most productive salmon grounds to consensus among all eight fishery management councils that our federal fishery laws ought to be rewritten to allow managers and stakeholders in beleaguered fisheries some flexibility during recovery. But there is always room for improvement.
As we count down to reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, we must pin our hopes on strong bipartisan support in a divided and divisive Congress. — Jessica Hathaway
Here we go again
Every year, as we put together our Yearbook issue, I revisit by remembering my travels around the country. I'm sure it comes as no surprise to NF readers that 2013 was full of dizzying highs and lows, on all coasts. Even in Alaska, where the industry is bustling with new boats, new processors, high permit prices and a record salmon harvest, fishing communities and fleets are fighting some big battles, like the threat of a massive mine and an attack on Cook Inlet gillnetters.
Burned out boatshop to be rebuilt; 39-year-old wooden boat still fishing
When firefighters reached Wayne Beal's Boat Shop in Jonesport, Maine, the night of Dec. 18, the place was fully engulfed in flames. Inside the shop was a 40-foot mold with a partially laid-up hull. There was also an older boat that was in for repairs. The boat and the mold were destroyed, along with everything else in the shop.
IFQ fisheries flourish; oysters, blue crab struggle; shrimp fortunes vary
The top finfish stocks — red grouper and red snapper — are in good shape, as are their fisheries, both now managed in the Gulf of Mexico under individual fishing quota programs. Cold water temperatures early in the year slowed the grouper harvest a bit, but mild weather toward year's end may well compensate when Florida's final numbers are tallied.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.