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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Northeast groundfishermen have finally gotten something they've wanted for a long time — national media exposure highlighting the controversy surrounding NOAA enforcement practices.

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Listen up, Baby New Year! You've got a big job ahead of you, because 2010 wasn't the kindest year for the U.S. commercial fishing industry.

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Dear Buddy the Elf,

Season's Greetings, Buddy. Bear with me — I know Christmas is Saturday and you and Santa and the other elves are out straight at the North Pole Christmas compound.

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Got a hankering for lobster? There's an app for that.

Yup, if you own an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, your hunger for lobster can be sated by the folks at Dorr Lobster Co. in Milbridge, Maine. The family operation has gone high tech in an effort to carve out a niche in the highly competitive lobster industry.

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Alaska wild-caught salmon is definitely in fashion these days — one need only get a load of what Copper River salmon commands for price to understand that. But now the word is the state's prized fish has the opportunity to become fashion.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council in October tackled a thorny subject — funding observer coverage.

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It appears New England groundfishermen aren't alone in their distaste for catch share management. West Coast groundfishermen say they're suing the Department of Commerce over a catch share program that's slated to begin Jan. 1, 2011.

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Last month, I wrote about “The Watermen,” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1715223/ a horror film being shot in Virginia in which a clan of commercial fishermen captures a crew of sport fishermen; trapped on an island, the anglers must fight for their lives.
Well, with Halloween little more than a week away, it seems only fitting to write about another horror movie being filmed that has a commercial fishing background. But it’s a horror movie of a different sort — one that’s all too real to New England fishermen.



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Catch share management is coming to the West Coast groundfish fishery starting Jan. 1, 2011. The question is, will the West Coast fleet find life under catch share management more palatable than do their New England counterparts?

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If it's fall, it must be waterfront festival time.

Just take a look at our calendar list of industry-related events. In September alone, such festivals were held in Los Angeles, Astoria, Ore., Hatteras Village, N.C., New Bedford, Mass., and Seattle. In these and other ports all over the country, dockside festivals celebrate a region's working waterfronts.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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