National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

A peek out the window at the message board on the Time and Temperature Building roof reveals that it's 96 degrees here in Portland, Maine. Now in Texas, folks would think a cold front was moving through, but in our little corner of the Northeast, this kind of heat is big news.

Fortunately, our air conditioning system is keeping the office comfortable. But on a day like today, it's hard to imagine that working conditions at sea are quite so pleasant.

The National Weather Service marine forecast covering coastal waters from Stonington, Maine, to Merrimack River, Mass., out to 25 nautical miles is calling for hazy conditions today, with southwest winds hitting 10 knots and seas running 2 to 3 feet. Does the breeze keep things cool enough when working the deck?

Let's hope so. Hauling strings of lobster traps in sweltering heat amidst the heady aroma of diesel fumes and a bait barrel filled with finely aged herring, for example, doesn't conjure up thoughts of an ideal working environment.

But fishermen work whether the weather is good or bad. They're fishing in bright sunshine or pelting rain, in summer heat or winter chill, or when winds are calm or punishing. They keep a watchful eye on the weather reports, but sometimes storms form quickly and they have to ride it out as best they can.

Their commitment to heading out to sea to catch fish, regardless of the weather — and the danger it may present — is just one of the qualities that make fishermen special. That commitment alone earns them the respect and thanks of seafood lovers everywhere.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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