National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2008


Caught short

Cutting corners is not always a bad idea, as long as you've weighed carefully what can go wrong if you don't follow standard procedures or the normal route, and can focus on the alternative action without being distracted.


Northeast Groundfish

New England fishery managers seem powerless to chart groundfish course

The decision to push changes to New England's groundfish management regime back to 2010 darkens the outlook for many fishermen.


NMFS' new angle on data

To the surprise of the few — and chagrin of the many — NMFS in early June proposed licensing recreational saltwater fishermen by means of a National Saltwater Angler Registry.


Group(er) effort

Commercial and recreational fishermen make common cause in Florida

By Hoyt Childers

Boat owner Jack Golden stood dockside in early afternoon at Madeira Beach (Fla.) Seafood and watched the crew unloading his longline vessel, Blackjack I. Skipper Herman Ellis had docked Blackjack I about noon with a hold full of red grouper and gag.



T-boned quahogger gets fixed;
Underdog is pushing 1,000 hp

Mike Light knew he had a big project ahead of him when he went next door to what had been the Young Brothers boatshop, measured the doors leading into the building and realized that the fiberglass hull due to arrive by trailer at his shop was too big to go through the doors.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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