National Fisherman


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




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Pumped up

When the 83-foot Explorer was launched in 1963, gas was about 30 cents a gallon. The newest scallop dragger in the New Bedford, Mass., fleet was powered by a 510 h.p. Caterpillar Diesel.

Though average fish prices have also increased, they have not kept up with gas rates, which have risen more than 10 times in 50 years. In comparison, average prices for fish increased sevenfold from a little under 8 cents per pound to 54 cents per pound.

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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