National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2009


Put the Coast Guard on call

Few seasoned vessels can boast they have never taken on water. When and if you and your crew are faced with a flooding problem, your best course of action to avoid a life-threatening situation is to identify the source, control it with dewatering equipment, and slow or stop the flow.


Gulf/South Atlantic Shrimp

Fuel costs recede, dock prices rise as consumers turn to affordable shellfish

For the first time in years there is some good news for the hardcore remnant of the American shrimp industry that has survived absurd prices, ruinous fuel costs and devastating hurricanes.


Presumptions of guilt

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would expand the universe of vessels that must be equipped with automatic identification systems, more commonly referred to as AIS, to include fishing boats 65 feet in length and longer. In addition, AIS would be required in all navigable U.S. waters.


Cover Story Excerpt: Haddock hunter

By eliminating cod and flounder bycatch, the Ruhle trawl enables New Englanders to target more abundant stocks

By John Lee

Carl Bouchard has a haddock tow in mind: deeper water on the edge of Jeffreys Ledge. "We'll start there," Bouchard says, pointing at his plotter. "If we don't find 'em there we'll move up shallower." Bouchard, 68, has been trawling and lobstering the western Gulf of Maine for long enough to know some things: "There are no guarantees about finding haddock," he notes, "especially when nobody's been out in three months."



A 47-footer has Mass. appeal;
Maine builder buys Beal molds

H&H Marine is building several boats at its shop in Steuben, Maine, for commercial fishermen in New England, the West Indies and California.


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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