National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2008

0108

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.

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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.

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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."

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Northeast

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.

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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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