National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2007


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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