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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

 

There's an intriguing story on gear development in the upcoming March issue of NF that could help lower Gulf of Mexico shrimpers' overhead and keep their boats fishing.

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Scientists at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium on Monday delved into the question of what caused the 2012 king salmon decline, and were able to identify a number of possible reasons. One of them is that climate change is affecting king salmon food sources. As a result, salmon are smaller when they first head to sea, making them more vulnerable to predators.

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If you're wondering who loves fishermen more, Hollywood or Congress, the answer is Hollywood.

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They say you can't put a price on happiness. But Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Japan's Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, has given it a shot.

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There's plenty to like in the February issue of NF — our annual diesel engine spectacular alone is worth the price of admission. You can't wait to get your mitts on it, can you? I can't blame you.

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There I was, walking down Commercial Street in Portland the other day, intent on getting a couple of slices at Bill's Pizza, when I bumped into an old — and I mean really old — acquaintance.

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When I began working at National Fisherman in late 1994, even back then efforts to revive struggling Northeast groundfish stocks were in full swing. But the groundfish stock rebuilding work predates my arrival in our former Rockland, Maine, offices.

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Yes, New England groundfishermen, there is a Santa Claus. NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco says she's leaving the agency at the end of February to return to her family on the West Coast and academia.

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Nathan and the Stone Crabs2

 

Nathan and the Stone Crabs
By J.B. Crawford
CreateSpace, 2011
Softcover, 216 pp., $12.95
www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com

"Stone crabs is the onliest things in the ocean that a man can take out, harvest, return to the water and then come back to harvest again," writes J.B. Crawford in his novel "Nathan and the Stone Crabs." "Stone crabs, they live on. Come back to fight another day."

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As I begin the process of trying to decide what to get my peeps for Christmas this year, my thoughts are turning to seafood. It's a great gift selection because it's delicious, nutritious, and requires only limited storage time before it's devoured and gone.

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Page 15 of 33

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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