National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2008


Risk management reduces hazards

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In August, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released a preliminary report, "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2006," that shows fishing and related jobs resulted in the highest fatality rate, with a death rate of 141.7 per 100,000 employed. This rate is almost 75 percent higher than for pilots, flight engineers and loggers, the next most hazardous occupations in 2006.


Gulf/South Atlantic Red Snapper

IFQ's first year raises ex-vessel prices, 
but quota cut leaves room for imports

At the end of the first year of a new individual fishing quota program, the outlook for the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery is mixed. Ex-vessel prices are rising — as expected — according to federal and Florida state data. But NMFS is proposing to cut the total allowable catch, already down to 6.5 million pounds under an interim management rule, to 5 million pounds.


Homeland insecurity

Happy New Year.

If you were ashore on Halloween you may have read in the Oct. 31 edition of USA Today that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has ordered agency leaders to "raise the protection level with respect to small boats."



Maine ships out Dungie boats
and a New Jersey purse seiner

PenBay Boat Co. finished off an H&H Marine–built Osmond 38 for a California Dungeness crabber, put it on a trailer at the end of October and shipped it west. PenBay Boat, a Sedgwick, Maine, boatbuilding shop is talking with a second Dungeness crabber about finishing off a boat, and another Maine boatshop, RP Boat Shop in Steuben, sent a 40-footer to a California crabber at the end of August.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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