National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2009


If talk isn't cheap, not talking can also be costly

From Transportation Safety Board of Canada reports

The last thing any fisherman likes to think about is someone coming to his rescue (that is, unless he is currently in distress). But emergencies do happen. And in response, coast guards and good Samaritans the world over come to the aid of vessels and mariners in peril. However the aid may come, the risk isn't over until you're safely in port.


Gulf/South Atlantic Summer Flounder

Low quotas, cheap prices and pursuit of catch history take toll on harvesters

For 2009, Atlantic summer flounder quotas increased only slightly from last year's historic — and artificial, most fishermen would say — lows.


Poll position

As I have noted before, "There are three kinds of lies," according to the 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "lies, damned lies, and statistics."


Bring 'em back alive

Fresh isn't good enough aboard the MervaW

By Abner Kingman

Pence Mackimmie is gasping for air. Enveloped in a haze of diesel exhaust, he is desperately trying to maneuver an 18-foot aluminum skiff. Pulling on a line tied to the MervaW, his job is to keep the 60-foot purse seiner from drifting over her net in a strong current.



Containership rams scalloper; repairs will take three months

After being towed from Dorchester Shipyard in Maurice River Township, Marlton, N.J., the 71-foot scalloper Dictator was hauled out at Fairhaven Shipyard Companies in Fairhaven, Mass. Other than a bent-up outrigger and some damaged transom plating, she looked fine above the waterline. Below the waterline, it was a different story.


Inside the Industry

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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