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

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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