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.

Folks on Virginia's Tangier Island largely make their living on the water, most as blue crab fishermen, others as tugboat captains and second mates, or as tankermen.

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If I require a snack here at the NF offices, I can head upstairs and grab something from the vending machines. They offer a variety of sodas, chips, candy, trail mix, cookies, cashews, crackers and gum from which to choose. It's a rich cornucopia of snacking goodness.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Ken McMullen was spotting fish in his plane 1,000 feet above Atlantic City, N.J., when another spotter told him a plane had struck the World Trade Center. Unaware of the magnitude of that event, McMullen flew up the coast toward New York City to take a look.

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I saw an interesting Providence Journal story about how roughly a dozen New England lobstermen are participating in a collaborative research program. They're using tablet computers and digital calipers to record data about the bugs they harvest for a lobster survey being coordinated by the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, a Kingston, R.I.-based non-profit group. Started by fishermen in 2004, the foundation promotes a collaborative approach to fisheries research that involves harvesters.

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Come Monday, Americans will get to celebrate Labor Day, a holiday that the U.S. Department of Labor says Congress created in 1894 to pay tribute to the economic and social achievements of U.S. workers. And who deserves to be recognized for their work more than our nation's fishermen?

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Drought conditions have taken a toll on fresh water levels in rivers important to Florida and California commercial fishermen. And trying to ensure that water is allocated fairly so that the needs of all resource users — fishermen included — are met is proving to be one tough task.

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Nearly a year after Florida sought a commercial fisheries failure declaration from the U.S. Commerce Department, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker issued that declaration for Apalachicola Bay's struggling oyster fishery on Tuesday. A lack of fresh water from the Apalachicola River exacerbated by drought conditions has caused a serious decline in the bay's oyster production.

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Count Asian tiger prawns as the latest invasive species posing a threat to U.S. commercial species. The non-native shellfish's presence is growing in Louisiana waters.

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The official christening of the 184-foot longliner Northern Leader, the subject of our September issue cover story, took place in Seattle yesterday, drawing hundreds of folks to the event. Guests attending the celebration were treated to tours of the vessel and lunch at Pier 91 at the Port of Seattle. They also heard a variety of speakers, including U.S. senators from Washington and Alaska offer a few words to commemorate the happy occasion.

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Here at NF, we're focused on the health of the fishing industry. But we also try to pay attention to the health of the people in the industry, too.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:

  • Ruling favors commercial red snapper fishermen
  • Fishermen file suit over Texas oil spill
  • Florida gov. announces oyster recovery funding
  • Hatchery salmon were 36 percent of harvest
  • Maine's new elver rules delay season start

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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