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 has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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