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.

If you ever wondered about the value of survival suits, you need look no further than the sinking of the Seattle-based Katmai last week.

The 93-foot catcher processor, loaded with cod and heading for Dutch Harbor, Alaska, reportedly took on water in the stern and lost its steering before eventually sinking.

Four members of the 11-member crew were rescued. The bodies of five other crewmen were recovered; two other crewmen's bodies were not found.
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Like Michael Myers in the "Halloween" movies, the Exxon Valdez oil spill case refuses to die.

That seems appropriate with Halloween almost upon us. Horror movie buffs, welcome to "Nightmare on Prince William Sound." Freddie Krueger would, um, kill to have his slasher movie franchise last this long.

Apparently, legal wrangling over punitive damage payments to plaintiffs in the Exxon saga isn't over. Lawyers for Seattle-based Sea Hawk Seafoods, a processing company that had a plant in Valdez, are asking a federal judge to set aside an allocation plan for distributing the $505 million Exxon-Mobil must pay plaintiffs.
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The World Wide Fund for Nature is seeing red over bluefin.

According to an Agence France-Presse article http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOx3Z__xvoOig-_pRzKBMLF7sLCw, WWF, sounding a tad like Regis Philbin ranting on his morning talk show, is asserting that Italy is "totally out of control" when it comes to fishing for bluefin tuna.

Usually, one raises an eyebrow when an environmental group starts barking that commercial fishing harvest practices are emptying the world's oceans of fish. But WWF tends to put its money where its mouth is. For example, they're the folks behind the International Smart Gear Competition, which awards cash prizes for the best ideas promoting sustainable fishing practices.
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All disasters aren't created equal in the White House's eyes.

Consider the West Coast salmon disaster, which this year left the region's troll fishermen without a commercial season. West Coast governors petitioned for a federal fisheries disaster declaration, which came in May.

In July Congress appropriated $170 million in federal disaster relief money that would be paid to trollers and related businesses affected by the salmon closure. It took until mid-September for the money to be released. Well, some of it.

You see, NOAA announced in mid-September that it was releasing $100 million of the aid package. The agency says the remaining $70 million will be disbursed later in the year as the $100 million is spent.
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It's not every day that Dame Fortune calls you.

I mean literally calls you. The phone rang, I picked up the receiver and there was Dame Fortune on the line.

I have, of course, been awaiting this call for years. I am not fussy; music, TV, movies, it's all good. All I ask is that my undeniable talent, good looks and awe-inspiring modesty are finally recognized.

Alas, the call wasn't actually for me. It was for you. Despite my disappointment, I took a message, which I am dutifully passing along.
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Can you imagine a fisherman being president of the United States?

It's not so farfetched a dream, now is it? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Sen. John McCain's choice as running mate on the Reublican presidential ticket. And should the 72-year-old McCain be elected president, Palin would assume the reins should anything happen to the commander in chief.

If that happened, that would make a fisherman the leader of the free world. Palin fishes commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay, as does her husband, Todd, a lifelong commercial fisherman, who would become first gentleman.
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Diamonds may just be a Bristol Bay fisherman's best friend.

Well, if not diamonds outright, then the folks who sell them are. According to a story on the National Jeweler Network's Web site http://www.nationaljewelernetwork.com/njn/content_display/high_volume/e3i4c84d87c8ff2e248eda0c7d12d218eb5?imw=Y, Tiffany and Co., New York's famed Fifth Avenue jeweler, is urging fellow industry members to oppose the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be situated in the Bristol Bay region.
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Somebody stop Exxon Mobil before they litigate again.

Alas, the Supreme Court passed this week on ruling whether the oil giant should pay interest on the punitive damages award it must pay to the plaintiffs for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Instead, it kicked the question back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for resolution.
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Manny is being Manny again. And Exxon is being Exxon.

Here in the Northeast, the heart of Red Sox Nation, we're watching Hall of Fame slugger Manny Ramirez wear out his welcome because he's pouting over his contract status. In the final year of an eight-year deal that has paid him $160 million, the left fielder is disgruntled because the ball club hasn't yet picked up an option year for 2009, which is good for another $20 million.

Imagine being reluctant to pick up the option for a 36-year-old head case whose hitting stats declined last year, and who can be an adventure in the outfield and on the bases. The nerve!
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Maine's lobster industry is finding interesting ways to connect with consumers.

For example, mid-coast Maine lobsterman Ryan Post has a Web site, Maine Buggin http://www.mainebuggin.com/. A fourth generation lobsterman, Post also stars in a new documentary, "Here's the Catch."

The film chronicles a year in the lobstering life of Post and his sternman, Jon Hill, working on Post's boat, the 40-foot Instigator. According to the Web site, the documentary was to premiere in June.
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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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