In Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.
Friday, 26 August 2011
It's become quite a week for acts of God on the East Coast.
First came Tuesday's 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia and was felt in many East Coast states.
Earthquakes of magnitude aren't a common occurrence on the Atlantic side of the country.
"It was unbelievable," says longtime NF contributor Larry Chowning, who writes for the Southside Sentinel in Urbanna, Va. "It only took about 15 seconds, but it seemed like it took forever."
While the earthquake shook buildings — and shook up residents a little — the good news is that it didn't affect Virginia's fishing industry. But there's no rest for the wicked; fishermen have turned their attention to the next crisis — Hurricane Irene.
In preparation for the storm, Virginia watermen will likely pull up crab pots to mitigate gear loss from Irene, Chowning says. Likewise, any crab pots that would usually be stored on docks will be moved to a more secure storage facility. There's also concern for the state's seafood processing plants that are situated right on Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
On Wednesday, Irene slammed the Bahamas, carrying 120 mph winds. The powerful storm, since downgraded to Category 2, is heading for North Carolina, where vacationers have been evacuated from coastal counties.
Fishermen from the Carolinas north to Maine are busy preparing to weather the storm, which forecasters say will track north along the East Coast. They're working to keep boats and fishing gear safe from damage as best they can.
Like the rest of the East Coast fishermen, Virginia watermen will be keeping a close eye on Irene.
"I assure you they're watching the weather," Chowning says. "But the crabs will know before we do."
National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14
In this episode:
Seafood Watch upgrades status of 21 fish species
Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest
National Fisherman Live: 8/26/14
In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about his early days dragging for redfish on the Vandal.
More than a dozen higher education institutions and federal and local fishery management agencies and organizations in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at building the capacity of the U.S. Pacific Island territories to manage their fisheries and fishery-related resources.