National Fisherman

Northeast Sea Clams

Product shortage benefits Canadian and Asian competitors in U.S. market

The East Coast sea clam market remains soft as the industry contends with loss of market share and continued Canadian and other foreign competition that developed with a shortage of clams and rise in domestic prices a few years ago.


Paved paradise

Most of you have by now heard the uproar following the publication of research in the Nov. 3 journal Science suggesting that loss of biodiversity has drastic impacts on marine ecosystems.


ATY Northeast

Maine lobsterman plays it safe; revving up for next year's races

"I didn't know if there were any lobsters left," says John Ellis, sternman on the 38-foot lobster boat Rough Rider III, talking about the landings during the summer, when a day's catch barely filled a small barrel. But by the time October rolled around, the lobsters had moved in and the container on the stern that holds 1,000 pounds was being filled more often than not.


Too much of some good things

By Wesley Loy

Norman Van Vactor manages the weathered Peter Pan salmon cannery at Dillingham, Alaska, and he's seen plenty of drama in his 31 seasons in Bristol Bay: run failures, fishermen's strikes, the economic devastation of fish farming, not to mention a fire that came within a whisker of devouring his century-old plant last year.


Staying afloat saves maintenance costs, vessels and lives

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

On Dec. 3, 2003, a 71-foot, wooden-hulled fishing vessel out of Scranton, N.C., was transiting from the Atlantic Ocean into Oregon Inlet Channel when the vessel began to take on water from a busted plank in the port bow, which had not been maintained properly.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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