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

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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