National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Spring is finally starting to peek through the snow banks here in Maine, and that means it's time for the International Boston Seafood Show.

With so much happening on every coast, I am eager to get together with folks from Alaska, the West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico early next week.

The big news on the Gulf Coast this week was that the International Trade Commission upheld tariffs on imported frozen warm-water shrimp.

This extends the five-year reprieve for gulf shrimpers who have been hit with one catastrophe after another and are still recovering from the oil spill that began last April.

The import tax keeps the price of domestic shrimp more competitive with that of the foreign supply at a time when shrimpers need every penny they can get. While the tariff has not allowed fishermen to increase their market share, it has helped them hold on.

In fishing these days, that's often the best one can hope for.

Speaking of best hopes, our hearts go out to those on the West Coast who were affected by the tsunami. Crescent City, Calif., and Brookings, Ore., took the brunt of the damage stateside.

Susan Chambers, deputy director of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, visited both harbors early this week. Check out some of her photos on our home page. Her Dock Talk piece on the effects and fallout from these two fishing ports appears in our upcoming May issue.

Let us not forget that fishermen are ever at the mercy of the powerful forces of nature. I hope that encourages fishermen to be safer at sea and also give those who look down on the industry a moment's pause before striking out at the hardworking members of our fishing fleets.

National Fisherman Live

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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