National Fisherman

National Fisherman - December 2008

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Look out below... and around

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Routine work — even in a potentially dangerous environment like a commercial fishing boat — can leave anyone off his guard. Fishermen have to remind themselves constantly to be vigilant of safety hazards, because the work is often the same day in and day out, weeks at a time. The gear on any commercial vessel is enough to cause concern for hazards. Winches, taut lines, cranes, heavy pots, engines and pumps are just a few examples of potentially dangerous machinery that fishermen must constantly be aware of.

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GULF/SOUTH ATLANTIC SWORDFISH

Hey — have you heard the one about too few boats chasing too many fish?

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Eternal return

In the fall of 1999, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) held a hearing in Portland, Maine, in the run-up to the "looming" reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

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Salmon set-up

The fleet is ready, but the fish — 
and the processors — get the last word

By Charlie Ess

The waters of Bristol Bay might pass for anywhere else in the vast near-shore waters of the Bering Sea if not for a curious array of specks — hundreds of drift boats —defining the gray waters of its fabled fishing districts.

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NORTHEAST

Two Mass. boatyards merge; tuna boat is wheelchair kindly

In August, two New England boatyards, each with more than 100 years of hauling and repairing commercial fishing boats, joined forces.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 10/21/14

In this episode:

North Pacific Council adjusts observer program
Fishermen: bluefin fishing best in 10 years
Catch limit raised for Bristol Bay red king crab
Canadian fishermen fight over lobster size rules
River conference addresses Dead Zone cleanup

National Fisherman Live: 10/7/14

In this episode, National Fisherman Publisher Jerry Fraser talks about the 1929 dragger Vandal.

 

Inside the Industry

NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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The Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its 4th Annual Marin County Dinner at Marin Catholic High School, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield on Friday, Oct 10, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

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