National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2007

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Northeast Lobster

Finding bait may prove the toughest obstacle to Maine harvesters in 2007

Fluctuating bait and fuel costs crimped lobstermen's balance sheets in 2006. But one upscale supermarket chain's decision to stop selling live lobster had little effect on the rest of the marketplace.

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Paved paradise

Most of you have by now heard the uproar following the publication of research in the Nov. 3 journal Science suggesting that loss of biodiversity has drastic impacts on marine ecosystems.

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Experience, integrity of repairs are crucial to survival at sea

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

On the morning of Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, a 61-foot commercial fishing vessel set out from Portland, Maine, with a crew of three for a three- to four-day fishing trip for multispecies groundfish in the Gulf of Maine. The voyage was uneventful until they encountered rough weather on Tuesday morning, Jan. 25. The captain of the vessel decided to cut the trip short and head back to Portland because of weather predictions and building seas.

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ATY Northeast

Boatyard gets new 46-footer; a 'glass crabber is built for ice

In early November, H & H Marine in Steuben, Maine, was completing the plug for a new 46' x 19' design. By the first part of December, the mold is scheduled to be completed. Two hulls already have been sold to lobstermen. The first will be finished off at H & H Marine for a fisherman in Cutler, Maine. The second hull is going out as a kit boat to Columbia Falls, Maine.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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