National Fisherman

National Fisherman - December 2007


Safe transit: communications key in bridge crossing

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

More than half of all fishing deaths result from vessels sinking after flooding or capsizing. In these cases, there is often little time to react, don lifesaving gear and abandon the vessel. Almost half of all vessel losses result from flooding and capsizing. Adverse weather and sea conditions often are a contributing factor. In these instances, the vessel is more often in transit than engaged in fishing.


Gulf/South Atlantic Swordfish

Seasonal glut dampens price as fish make their way toward North Carolina

As fall approached, a seasonal glut was driving prices down while the fish were still making their way south to within easy reach of the North Carolina vessels that last year landed 652,696 pounds of swordfish, a record for the Tar Heel fleet.


Out of (executive) order

A government of laws, we're taught, not of men.

But that's not true: In late October, one man, President George W. Bush, essentially dismissed the Magnuson Act, to say nothing of the U.S. commercial fishing industry.


National Fisherman's 2007 Highliners

If highline boats sit a little lower in the water when they return from a trip, it's possible highline skippers stand a little taller on the wharf.



Lobster boat gets raised sheer;
new design has Maine lineage

In Milbridge, Maine, Sargent's Custom Boats finished off a Wayne Beal 46 and launched it in August for Chris Nelson of Winter Harbor, Maine.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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