National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2009


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.


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.


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."



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.


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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