National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2008


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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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