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: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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