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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Northeast

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.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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