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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 we're starting a new feature where each month, we will 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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By Charlie Ess

Alaska fishermen got a dose of business savvy when the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit convened in Anchorage in December.

The conference has been held five times in the past seven years in hopes of recruiting permanent entrants into the state’s fisheries. Studies dating back to 1977 show the average age of Alaska fishermen has crept from around 40 to closer to 50.

In a vein similar to previous summits, this year’s conference included sessions focused on fisheries management, marketing, politics and finance. Alaska Sea Grant organizers Sunny Rice , Torie Baker and Paula Cullenberg had lined up three days’ worth of presentations and added a fourth day to include CPR classes and vessel safety training.

About 60 fishermen attended this year’s event and took notes when bankers explained the finer points of a balance sheet, depreciation and tax consequences.

With the recent push to launch a ballot initiative that would ban set nets in Upper Cook Inlet , other presentations advised fishermen how to write and present proposals protecting their interests to the Alaska Board of Fisheries .

“The last time we did the summit, we were able to put it on in Juneau ,” says Baker, an agent with Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Program, in Cordova . “There was a lot of excitement, and we were able to get the participants to go up and meet their legislators.”

Baker adds that last time, eight fishermen testified to the state’s sub committee on fisheries and that the next summit will take place in Juneau. Until then, you can learn more about the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in the video below.

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Top2013stories2As a new year approaches, here's a look back at the most-read online news stories from the past year. From record catches to changing regulations, these are the stories your colleagues were reading in 2013. 

Top 10 stories of 2013

1. Fisherman pulled underwater by crab pot

2. Fishermen land 912-pound 'fish of a lifetime'

3. Massive marine protected area is a sham

4. 200-year-old fish caught in Alaska

5. Petition calls for drastic striped bass cuts

6. Fla. judge overturns ban on gillnet fishing

7. Shark jumps in boat

8. Crew abandons ship after skipper's alleged assault

9. Photos: Ready for Dungeness season

10. Shutdown may hit Alaska "Deadliest Catch" fishery

 

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The St. John’s, Newfoundland-based eSonar and Zhoushan Sound Ocean IT Co. of Zhoushan, China, signed a distribution agreement on Oct. 10 for eSonar’s sonar-based trawl monitoring systems to be marketed in eastern China through Zhoushan Sound’s distribution network. The two companies also agreed to collaborate on the development of new sonar products.

In late November, Jim Hall, eSonar’s managing director, and Don Vokey, director of marketing and sales, flew to Zhoushan to conduct training with Zhoushan Sound’s technical staff and sales people.

“At first, we were hesitant to enter the Chinese market because we were protective of our [intellectual property],” Vokey recalled, but with the assistance of the provincial government’s Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, he and Hall exhibited the company’s products at an inbound trade mission in St. John’s and then at Oceanology International in China.

“We were inundated with meetings,” Vokey said. They met Dr. Jun Han, who had taught at Tokyo University and was doing similar work in the development of sonar products. And after conducting due diligence through the Canadian trade commissioner’s office in Shanghai, they decided to partner with his company.

Two weeks after inking this agreement, on Oct. 24, Nautel, a marine electronics distributor headquartered in Lisbon, signed a distribution agreement with eSonar to sell the company’s products, TrawlVue and SeineVue, in Portugal. “Since then, they have installed both systems, on a trawler and a purse seiner,” reported Vokey. “Both are working extremely well.” He added that the sensors on these new systems are fully programmable in the field and have multifunction capabilities.

In addition to China and Portugal, eSonar has distributors in Ireland, Spain, the United States, Canada, the Faroe Islands, the UK and Belgium. — Andrew Safer

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Top10 novEach 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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Last week the National Fisherman team was in Seattle for Pacific Marine Expo.  We had a great time checking out the latest gear, attending conferences and catching up with our readers. Here's a slideshow of photos from this year's expo. 

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pmeAre you attending Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle? We hope to see you there! Besides all the equipment and gear showcased on the expo floor, the event offers a wide range of lectures, panel discussions and book signings. Here's what's happening on Thursday and Friday. For Wednesday's schedule, click here.

Thursday Nov. 21

11 a.m. - noon Falling Off, Falling In: Prevention and Surviving

During fishing operations, crew members can be exposed to many factors that may result in them falling off of the vessel. These include things such as sea conditions and fishing gear. There are a variety of ways to prevent the falls, as well as key steps that crew members and operators should practice to survive a fall into frigid water. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about concepts for preventing falls and review ways to rescue crew members from a fall. Participate in demonstrations of man overboard alarms, personal flotation devices and man overboard recovery drills. These concepts will be illustrated with hands-on activities. Presented by: Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Ted Teske, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard; Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Mallory Davis, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office and; man 
overboard alarm manufacturers

11 a.m. - noon Understanding Diesel Fuel Performance Standards

Modern diesel engine performance is directly related to the fuel, and varies from fuel to fuel. This presentation helps the diesel user/fuel purchaser understand critical diesel fuel performance standards that help increase engine efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions. With domestic crude production at record levels and growing, the U.S. end user now has the ability to track from "well to wheel" the crude source and refinery technique used to produce ULSD that all produce different diesel fuels. Presented by: James Russo, founder, Leading Edge Sciences, LLC

11 a.m. - noon Just for the Halibut

Examining changes to the Catch Sharing Plan allocations as well as the new NMFS observer program for Alaska’s commercial halibut fleet. Presented by: Kathy Hansen, Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance; Linda Behnken, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association; James W. Balsiger, Ph.D., administrator, Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service

11 a.m. Corey Arnold, "Fish-Work" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. More than a Feeling: Vessel Stability, Part 2

During fishing operations, vessels are exposed to many factors that affect stability. These include things such as sea conditions, weather and changing loads. Since the state of the stability of a vessel is continually changing, understanding the combined effect of these factors is vital to a safe and profitable operation. Come to the session to refresh your knowledge about basic stability concepts such as the center of gravity, center of buoyancy, metacenter, and righting arm. Then participate in demonstrations illustrating these concepts with hands-on activities to reinforce these concepts. Afterwards, review a set of stability instructions and how to use them.  Presented By: Dan Hardin, USCG District 13; Jennifer Lincoln, NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office; Jerry Dzugan, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association; Ken Lawrenson, United States Coast Guard

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association Update

This RSDA sponsored event will include a presentation and question and answer session led by Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Paul Salomone.  Salomone and other presenters will discuss fisheries management issues, over escapement goals (OEG), permit buyback plans and other topics important to Bristol Bay fishermen.  Presented by: Elijah Lawson;  Paul Salomone, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game;  Chris Boatright, University of Washington Fisheries Research Institute and; Beth Poole, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Sponsored Session: Rotating Equipment

1 p.m. Mark Maricich, "The Greenhorn's Guide to Alaska Fishing Jobs" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

3 p.m. Louis B. Boone, Jr., "Wrangell Narrows at a Glance" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

BOATYARD DAY

2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Workboat and Fishing Boat Year in Reviews

Bruce Buls, technical editor for WorkBoat magazine and Jes Hathaway and Michael Crowley, editors of National Fisherman, will kick off our annual Boatyard Day with a 2013 Year in Review for both workboats and fishing boats. Then learn the 2013 National Fisherman Boats & Gear Award winners!

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Keynote Address: Resurgence of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Industry

Frank Foti, CEO and President, Vigor Industrial LLC
Over the past 18 years, Frank Foti has led the company's transformation from a single, struggling shipyard to a thriving, increasingly diversified industrial company with 2,000 employees, seven locations and more than $500 million in annual revenue.

Friday, Nov. 22

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast with the Editors  -Paid

10:30 a.m. James Cole, "Drawing on our History: The Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest & Alaska" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

9 a.m. - noon Profitable Harvest  -Paid

12:30 p.m. David Esson Young, "The Uchuck Years" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Fisherman of the Year

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Today is opening day of Pacific Marine Expo and much of the National Fisherman team is on the show floor in Seattle. Every year we look forward to this opportunity to connect with our readers and participate in conferences and events. For a preview of the show, here's a slideshow of photos from last year's expo. 

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pmeWe hope to see many of our readers this week at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. Not only is the expo a chance to check out the latest equipment and gear, it's also an opportunity to learn about hot topics in the industry at a wide range of lectures, panel discussions and special events. Here's what's happening on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

11 a.m. - noon Keynote Address: Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act by Brian Rothschild, president, Center For Sustainable Fisheries

Join Brian J. Rothschild as he discusses the reforms that need to be made regarding National Standard 1: the balance between overfishing and optimum yield; National Standard 2: best science available; and National Standard 8: the need to take into account the economic and social fabric of fishing communities.  He will also uncover the many misconceptions regarding fish population dynamics that constrain the effectiveness of legislation and the institutions that we need to be built to create sustained optimum yield.

11 a.m.  Kevin Bailey, "Billion-Dollar Fish - the Untold Story of Alaska Pollock" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

Noon - 1 p.m. The Human Element in Safe Shipping: ABS Initiatives

This presentation will provide information reinforcing the continued need to address human element concerns in maritime systems as well as how the American Bureau of Shipping is tackling these concerns. The ABS Ergonomics Model for addressing human element concerns and current ABS activities to help improve mariner safety, crew task performance, and shipboard quality of life are presented. ABS human element-related topics include crew habitability, the assessment of safety culture, the identification of potential leading indicators of safety, mariner personal safety, and the application of ergonomics in a maritime environment. Presented by: Julie Pray, engineer, ABS

1 p.m. Sylvia Taylor, "The Fisher Queen" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Jones Act/MEL vs. Longshore Act 

Which Coverage Applies: There is uncertainty for vessel owners and workers as to which insurance coverage applies - workers' compensation coverage for maritime employees under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and workers under the state act compensation laws is mutually exclusive of crew member liability coverage under the Jones Act and the general maritime law.  But there is a "Zone of Uncertainty" whre these laws seem to overlap, and it is difficult for vessel owners to identify their correct exposure in order to be adequately insured against liability for injury or death of employees.  This presentation will explore the "Uncertainty Zone," set out the coverage tests currently in use by the courts, and look at recent case law. Presented by: John A. (Jack) Martone, senior vice president, consulting, and director of marketing, American Equity Underwriters

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cooperative Research in Alaska and the North Pacific

Researchers from the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and Northwest Fisheries Science Center will present examples of recent cooperative research projects and discuss their development. Fishing industry representatives from Alaska and West Coast fisheries will discuss their experiences with cooperative research and share their perspectives on working with government and university partners. They will be joined by trawlerman Jimmy Ruhle of North Carolina, who has been at the vanguard of cooperative research on the East Coast for more than a decade. This panel will expand on institutional arrangements, describe in more detail how collaborations developed, share how expertise and duties are shared and identify possible funding sources for cooperative research. Presented by: Dr. Steven  Barbeaux, AFSC; Dr. Waldo Wakefield, NWFSC;  Dr. Craig Rose, AFSC; and John Gauvin, Alaska Seafood Cooperative; Jimmy Ruhle, Captain of F/V Darana R and president of the Commercial Fishermen of America

3 p.m. Don Pepper, "Fishing the Coast - A Life on the Water" at the Author's Corner & Bookstore

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Catch Shares in the Gulf of Alaska

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will present an update on the developing catch share quota program for Gulf of Alaska groundfish. Capt. Keith Colburn will share lessons learned from Bering Sea crab rationalization. Presented by: Captain Keith Colburn, Crab Wizard; Becca Robbins Gisclair, senior fisheries policy advisor, Alaska Marine Conservation Council; Duncan Fields, NPFMC member and Kodiak resident; Mark Fina, United States Seafoods and Mark Gleason, executive director, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. On the Home Front

What fishermen’s wives can do and are doing at home to promote the fishing industry. Presented by: Lori French, The Faces of California Fishing; Jen Karuza Schile, author and blogger; Elizabeth McMasters, co-owner, F/V Lady Laura, McMaster Maritime, board of directors Commercial Fishermen's Festival and Erika Kesterson

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top10 octEach 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 we're starting a new feature where each month, we will 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.

Top 10 stories in October

1. Fishermen land 912-pound 'fish of a lifetime'

2. Shark jumps in boat

3. Shutdown may hit Alaska "Deadliest Catch" fishery

4. B.C. sardine fishery in sudden collapse

5. High sea rescue caught on video

6. Three rescued from sinking fishing vessel

7. Sinking survivor says victim saved him

8. Fla. judge overturns ban on gillnet fishing

9. Two pulled from water after boat sinks

10. Fishermen licensed to round up farmed salmon

 

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 7/17/14

In this episode, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley talks with Mike Hillers about the Simrad PX Multisensor.

 

National Fisherman Live: 7/8/14

In this episode:

  • Obama proposes initiative on tracking fish
  • Council retains haddock bycatch limit
  • Columbia River salmon plan challenged
  • Virginia approves reduction in blue crab harvest
  • Ala. shrimpers hope to net some jumbo profits

 

Inside the Industry

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has appointed Matt Jacobson as its new executive director.
 
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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Red Snapper Advisory Panel Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the council office — 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Fla. 

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