National Fisherman


National Fisherman - February 2007

0207

North Pacific Urchins

Processors, Southeast divers showing little interest in working ailing fishery

Alaska's urchin industry is in a tailspin. Late last summer, the dive fishery made news when Coastal Fisheries, the last processor standing, announced it would close its doors and no longer buy product.

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Reel doses of reality

It's funny how things happen at once. This fall I received three new films on DVD, each with a different perspective on struggles within fishing communities.

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Ancient's teachings

A research fishery may help Chesapeake fishermen ensure the prehistoric sturgeon's future

By Larry Chowning

It's just before dawn one late May day and there's a hazy fog in the air as the wooden deadrise boat Gloria J lays to at the dock in Deep Creek harbor just off the James River.

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EPIRB maintenance and know-how saves fishermen

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

After an overnight search, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two central Florida fishermen Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, about 70 miles east of the mouth of the St. Johns River. The captain and crew of a 35-foot fishing boat out of New Smyrna Beach were clinging to debris and were spotted by a Navy P-3 aircraft, which had picked up an emergency radio beacon.

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Northeast

One tough boat will go south; Maine yard molds a 46-footer

Several times, Jim Dawson has made the long drive from Virginia's Chincoteague Island to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where Gaski Marine, in conjunction with YachtSmiths International in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is building him a 28-foot Gaski, which he will use for black sea-bass fishing.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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