National Fisherman

National Fisherman - December 2008


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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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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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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Inside the Industry

It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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