National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2008

0208

Practice and quick thinking saves crew off Ketchikan

A quick pace is nothing new to most fishing crews, and it doesn't take an experienced fisherman long to get the rhythm and routine of a new boat. If you know your safety and lifesaving equipment as well as you know your fishing gear, you will be able to respond properly during an emergency and dramatically increase your chances of survival.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Shrimp

Fuel costs, static dock prices will chill winter landings of thinned gulf fleet

With fuel costs that make last year's $2 a gallon seem like the good old days and shrimp prices stagnant, the winter shrimp harvest is likely to be modest regardless of shrimp abundance.

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Bill Hogarth's NMFS

A kid around town who mowed lawns took on more work than he could handle — this back in the 1960s before the proliferation of overpriced "hand-crafting" landscapers — and went looking for help.

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Fishing for efficiency

Today's diesels strive to be reliable, environmentally friendly fuel misers

By Michael Crowley

It should be obvious to anyone who spends time on boats that the engines developed in the past few years are more reliable, more efficient and better for the environment than their predecessors. Indeed, some might speculate that the development of the marine diesel has come about as far as it can in terms of fuel economy and reduced emissions.

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Northeast

Yard builds its first 47-footer;
steel dragger ends a dry spell

H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine, launched the Brahma Bull, one of their wide 42s, on Nov. 8, and the boatyard's first 47-footer was scheduled to go into the water in late December in nearby Milbridge.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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