National Fisherman


National Fisherman - February 2014

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The deed to speed

New Jersey's garvey racers propel a wooden clam-boat tradition with fiberglass rockets

By Kirk Moore

Engines suddenly bark and roar into throttle as brothers Harry and Jeff Von Schmidt vault out onto Barnegat Bay, helmeted heads and life-jacketed bodies thrust back in the seats as direct-drive transmissions kick in.

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Diesel driven

Get your motors running — and keep them that way, at optimum speed. That's what our annual diesel issue is all about. The Diesel Directory, which begins on page 28, offers a rundown of specs on just about every marine engine you could be in the market for, as well as a few stories from fishermen around the country who repowered this year.

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ATY Northeast

Maine shop is packed with new hulls; Rhody yard makes old boats better

"It's crazy around here," says Alice Workman at SW Boatworks. Crazy, as in crazy good. SW Boatworks, which has Young Brothers Boats and Calvin Beal Jr. molds, finishes off hulls, sends bare hulls to finishers and finishes hulls from other builders.

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Atlantic Blue Crab

High prices lone bright spot as stock woes trigger worst season in 20 years

Poor reproduction appeared to trump a boost in the Chesapeake Bay population of female blue crabs going into 2013. But the worst season in 20 years again had watermen and biologists speculating about predator-prey balances in the troubled estuary.

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Loose bolts sink ships

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Five days into a November scallop trip, a 72-foot trawler and its seven-member crew were 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod.

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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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