National Fisherman


National Fisherman - December 2009

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Luck favors the prepared

Repairs on the fly are part of life at sea and work in a highly regulated industry. Any seasoned fisherman has jury-rigged his way through at least a set, if not a trip or a season. However, temporary repairs also tempt fate.

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Alaska/Pacific Dungeness

Crabbers await processor negotiations
to see if three-year high is peak price

A smaller harvest and markets hungry for live Dungeness crab pushed ex-vessel prices off the charts for the West Coast fleet. Whether prices keep climbing remains to be seen.

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No end of fish

Say what you want about Daniel Pauly; he knows how to get your attention.

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National Fisherman's 2009 Highliners

Nothing about fishing is getting easier, other than getting out of it, yet we continue to find people who thrive on it and wouldn't do anything else.

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Northeast

38-footer finally going fishing; orders flood into Maine builder

At Finestkind Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine, Mark Hubbard and his crew are turning a Young Brothers 38-foot lobster yacht that was built in 1986 into a lobster boat.

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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