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.
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.
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.