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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Longlines pay off

Longlining for swordfish began during a research trip the year before when scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod chartered the 76-foot dragger Cap’n Bill III to check on bluefin tuna activity using experimental longlines.

Skipper Henry Klimm was more interested in the swords (previously caught at the surface by harpoons) landed during the research. “No better trip of swordfish has ever been landed by an American vessel,” reported National Fisherman after he loaded his deck (shown) with a haul of 366 swordfish after one particularly rewarding trip.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 4/22/14

  • OSU study targets commercial fishing injuries
  • Delaware's native mud crab making recovery
  • Alaska salmon catch projected to drop 47 percent
  • West Coast groundfish fishery bill passes
  • Maine's scallop season strongest in years

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

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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