National Fisherman


National Fisherman - December 2013

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Gulf/South Atlantic Snapper

Low recruitment, management politics of rec overfishing worry Florida fleets

Looking toward 2014, the commercial snapper fisheries and the market that supports them generally look good. But the politics that determine management and how they could affect the market in the near future worries fishermen.

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Safety is the first line of defense

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Cold temperatures with 3-foot seas and 35-knot winds led a skipper to anchor his 86-foot shrimper and three-man crew about a mile off of southwest Louisiana one mid-December day.

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A few good fishermen

Since 1975, whoever happens to be sitting at the helm of this magazine commits to the daunting task of naming Highliners from either the East and Gulf coasts or the West Coast and Alaska. It's a daunting task not because it is difficult to find worthy award recipients in the industry, but because the process of picking and choosing three people to honor for their life's work seems like too important an assignment to leave to one person.

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Northeast

Downsizing lobster boat saves fuel; 66-foot longliner for Nova Scotia

What's a good indication a boatshop is building a boat that meets a fisherman's needs? Probably when the fisherman comes back for a second boat — and a third.

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National Fisherman's 2013 Highliners

Each of our Pacific Northwest and Alaska Highliners has his own center of focus and his sphere of influence. Robert Heyano of Dillingham, Alaska, has concentrated on his small fishing community and the greater region of Bristol Bay; Robert Hezel, of Clinton, Wash., has donated many personal hours to fleet safety, reducing the environmental effects of trawl gear and providing for the families of those lost at sea; while Jerry McCune, of Cordova, Alaska, has been a diplomat for Alaska fisheries at large, serving as president of United Fishermen of Alaska and the Cordova District Fishermen United and lobbying members of Congress on Capitol Hill — a world away from Alaska in many respects.

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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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