National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2007


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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