National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

We're about ready to celebrate a milestone here at National Fisherman. When the November issue arrives in your mailbox, we'll be blowing out the candles on the proverbial birthday cake (and keeping a fire extinguisher handy) to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

You'll get the detailed low down on the magazine's history in our November issue, featuring contributions from editors and writers past and present. They'll weigh in on changes in the magazine and the industry over five decades.

You'll also find some interesting fishing data from 1960. Here's another tidbit.

According to the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries publication "Fishery Statistics of the United States 1960," U.S. commercial fishing landings that year totaled 4.9 billion pounds worth $353.6 million. The commercial catch was taken by 130,431 fishermen. In 1970, 140,538 fishermen landed 4.9 billion pounds.

The number of fishermen taking the commercial harvest reached 182,068 in 1977 when 5.3 billion pounds were landed; the statistic regarding number of fishermen isn't included in later year versions of U.S. fishery statistics. But in the era of consolidation that holds sway under current fishery management philosophy it seems likely that fishermen's numbers have thinned some since those days.

And should the march towards implementing catch share management in U.S. fisheries continue, they may well thin some more.

Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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