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

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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