National Fisherman


National Fisherman - January 2009

0109

Stability through change

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reporting.

Boats that are modified and refurbished with equipment added to transform them into commercial fishing vessels often are put into operation without determining carrying capacity or determining stability with a formal assessment. Any skipper assigned to the converted vessel may not be completely familiar with its characteristics or limitations. So weather and sea conditions may test the vessel and the crew's mettle on the open water.

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Northeast Lobster

Global credit freeze chills fall fishery; price sinks to level not seen since '80s

Always, the big worry in Maine is that some lurking biological disaster will collapse the lobster industry. Then the fall 2008 bank panic and stock market declines sent lobster prices spiraling downward.

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Nowhere to hide

On the eve of his bout with the smaller Billy Conn, who had declared that he would "hit and run" his way to the heavyweight title, Joe Louis famously demurred, saying, "He can run, but he can't hide."

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Northeast

Fancy lobster boat will travel; less horsepower makes sense

Boatbuilding has slowed down at some New England boatyards, but not at Wesmac in Surry, Maine. Fishermen — commercial and sport — and recreational boat owners like the Wesmac hull with its hard chine V-bottom and full-keel design.

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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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