National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2013

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Surviving reel danger

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The six-man crew of a 150-foot trawler was pair-trawling approximately 45 miles off Sandy Hook, N.J., and preparing to bring a bag of mackerel alongside.


Alaska & Pacific Whiting

Two strong year classes bump TAC; U.S. fleet maintains bulk of the quota

Demand in domestic and export markets remained strong as the West Coast whiting fleet started fishing in May on its share of the 2013 total allowable catch of 269,745 metric tons. The TAC is up sharply from last year's 186,935 metric tons but shy of 2011's 290,903 metric tons.


Chesapeake watermen at work

Photo essay by Jay fleming and Fred Stocker

The Delmarva Peninsula is flanked by the productive fishing grounds of the Chesapeake Bay watershed — Chesapeake Bay to the west and Delaware Bay to the east. Jay Fleming and Fred Stocker capture the heart of the nation's watermen with documentary photography.


Losing Gaines

A thunderous voice of the U.S. fishing industry has fallen silent. Richard Gaines was a reporter for the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times who covered the fishing industry beat like no other journalist I've had the pleasure to follow.



Fiberglass 44 is built to go offshore; Maine designer scales back to 30 feet

Simmons Boatworks in Friendship, Maine, recently finished off a fiberglass Calvin 44 and now has another Calvin 44 in its shop. Both 44' x 17' hulls came from SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine.


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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