National Fisherman


National Fisherman - December 2007

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Northeast

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.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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