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Top10 graphic 12DecemberEach day, our editors scour news outlets from across the nation and the globe to find and share with you the most interesting and most relevant stories about commercial fishing. We update our site each morning with the latest news on regulations, sustainability and market trends -- everything you need to make informed decisions about your business.

But we know it's not always possible for those who work at sea to check in with us daily.  So here's a handy list of the 10 most-read online news stories from the past 30 days. 

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Top10 BlogsFrom boat design to reality TV, these are the most-read blog posts by National Fisherman editors in 2014. 

Top 10 blogs of 2014

1. Why I don't like Cold River Cash

2. The ones left behind

3. Big fish, small island

4. Oceana's dirty tactics

5. Slideshow: These classics are not relics

6. Guns, sinkings and fishermen’s justice

7. Captain Keith is chasing crabs — not drama

8. Is 49 the new 58?

9. Dungeness day job

10. One, two or three hulls?

 

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Top2014storiesAs a new year approaches, here's a look back at the most-read online news stories from the past year. From record catches to at-sea rescues, these are our most popular news stories of 2014. 

Top 10 stories of 2014

1. Opinion: Time for 'Deadliest Catch' to go home

2. Human skull found in crab pot near Westport

3. Crew of capsized Alaska boat rescued

4. Crab nab nets 150 illegal pots

5. Gillnetter accused of letting 103 salmon rot

6. Fishing vessel explodes in Valdez Harbor

7. Icelandic fisherman catches 110 pound cod

8. Sardine crash prompts uncertainty

9. New salmon predictions are looking awesome

10. Alaska judge rules for Pebble Mine

 

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When I got the call from Kevin Wark about his new boat, I could tell from the excitement in his voice that he had gotten something special.

"It's all composite. There's not a stick of wood," Wark told me. That got my attention. Like the other gillnet captains from Barnegat Light, N.J., he came up in the fleet on traditional hulls from long-established Maine builders, like the 38-foot Bruno that I rode on with him on my first monkfish trip more than 20 years ago.

20141204 nfJAN2015 BoatbuildingIn the January issue you can read about the building of Wark's new boat, the Dana Christine II, a Mussel Ridge 46 from master builder Albert Hutchinson of Hutchinson Composites in Cushing, Maine. The story begins on page 28.

The Hutchinson boats have won a following with their ability for seakeeping, load carrying and good speed with fuel efficiency. The secret is the hard-chine hull, Hutchinson says.

A stretched version of the Mussel Ridge 42, Dana Christine II carries its wheel and rudder four feet farther forward and its engine and drivetrain lower in the hull. That makes for remarkable handling says Wark, a 2012 NF Highliner Award winner.

"The boat just follows the gear around because the rudder's so far ahead. It's like having a thruster," he says.

That's a big help when retrieving a gathered net over the stern. But the boat is also designed for Wark's monster fishing: federally permitted tag-and-release of endangered Atlantic sturgeon with a research team from Delaware State University. Come April, they will be doing it again off the Delaware beach on the new boat.

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Greetings from Pacific Marine Expo 2014! Here's a quick peek at some scenes from the show floor.

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The staffs of National Fisherman and WorkBoat magazines are in Seattle today at the 47th Pacific Marine Expo checking out the latest in equipment, propulsion, builders, suppliers and new products. If you're here, come say hi at booth 755. Meanwhile, check out some photos from last year's event.

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baitJustin Hackley of International Marine Industries explains the different types of bait.

 

It's almost time for Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. To get yourself in the mood for tomorrow's action, take a look at some photos from the 2013 event.

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Each day, our editors scour news outlets from across the nation and the globe to find and share with you the most interesting and most relevant stories about commercial fishing. We update our site each morning with the latest news on regulations, sustainability and market trends — everything you need to make informed decisions about your business.

But we know it's not always possible for those who work at sea to check in with us daily. So each month we compile the 10 most-read online news stories from the past 30 days. Learn what your colleagues are reading and never miss a hot story with this handy list of our best-read content.

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Each day, our editors scour news outlets from across the nation and the globe to find and share with you the most interesting and most relevant stories about commercial fishing. We update our site each morning with the latest news on regulations, sustainability and market trends — everything you need to make informed decisions about your business.

But we know it's not always possible for those who work at sea to check in with us daily. So each month we compile the 10 most-read online news stories from the past 30 days. Learn what your colleagues are reading and never miss a hot story with this handy list of our best-read content.

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When I tagged along with my brother Chris for last year's final salmon drift gillnet opening in Cook Inlet I had no idea it was the harbinger of this summer's commercial fishing venture — nor that it would reopen doors to something much deeper.

Our conversations during the long winter nights culminated in the favorable decision that I would be working the decks of the Chipmunk, the aluminum gillnetter he leases. Though fishing together seemed like any normal business arrangement between two brothers what transpired since we began picking salmon together has taken us to our foundational roots as two little Minnesota kids, infatuated with fishing.

I am the complacent one, happy in the moment and at peace with all in the universe. Chris, on other hand, enjoys the moment, but he's always bent on the propensity to go looking for better prospects in everything he does.

It made for a great mix as the calendar rolled through July and the search for a good hit of salmon was on. I stayed busy on deck and in the galley but managed to grab my cameras whenever I thought I could snag enough footage for a video. I slept in a hammock on deck the night of the July supermoon and filled my eyes and my SD cards with ethereal sunsets, green-blue waters, fish and all the other rich memories that accompany the life at sea.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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