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melissaNational Fisherman's Melissa Wood shares her stories as a writer and editor covering the U.S. fishing industry.




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Stuck in fifth

In 1963 the growth of commercial fishing was a top priority for the industry, which faced stiff competition in its waters from government-subsidized foreign fleets. U.S. investment in its own fleets was seen as part of the solution; it was hoped that the newly launched Massachusetts, a 124-foot steel trawler, would help revitalize the Boston industry.

Since then U.S. landings have doubled, from 4.8 billion in 1963 to 9.9 billion in 2011 (the most recent year statistics are available). The world’s top fleets have changed too. In 1963, the United States was #5 in the list of top fishing countries, preceded by No. 1 Peru, Japan, China and the Soviet Union. In 2011, the countries with the biggest catches (which includes aquaculture) were led by China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the United States.

National Fisherman Live

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

National Fisherman Live: 4/8/14

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.


The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.


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