Smells like team spirit
Every year, as we start to get Crew Shots submissions, I receive them as visual reminders of what a wide-ranging industry this is. It doesn't matter if I'm looking at a photo of a crew of 20 lined up around the fo'c'sle of a Bering Sea trawler or a chubby toddler plopped on a lobster trap, they always make me smile.
Easy winter brings bug boom and early shed, which causes prices to plummet
Low prices caused by the great lobster glut of 2012 echoed into the fall. Dockside lobster values remained far below pre-recession norms, and some fishermen pulled their gear early as Hurricane Sandy sounded a menacing finale to the season.
Caught by surprise
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
In February, the deck boss and crew of a catcher-processor began hauling back a last set in the Bering Sea west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Steady snowfall and poor visibility had delayed the trip, and the crew had been working feverishly to make up for lost time.
After the man in the tote
By Tele Aadsen
Editor's note: This is the postscript of a Sept. 11 entry to the blog Hooked, titled "Lost at Sea: The Man in the Tote," about the crew of the boat who discovered Ryan Harris, a survivor of an Alaska fishing boat sinking, after he spent the night adrift in a fish tote.
After the Coast Guard hoisted Ryan Harris out of the sea, the helicopter disappeared into the clouds, Sitka-bound. Joel throttled up and angled the Nerka inland. I watched the empty tote bob in the waves behind us.
Forgotten crewman in the Sea of Privatization
The Bering Sea Crab Rationalization plan has resulted in the Godzilla of all privatization programs that leaves the labor portion of the industry with the short end of the crabstick, while granting the quota holders free harvest quotas and the ability to extract hundreds of millions of dollars more in profits right out of the crews' pockets.
FROM NF AUGUST 1968
The American Fisherman
This is the third in a series of special sections which will feature in detail the commercial fisheries of the United States. A taste of the diversity of our fisheries was given in our earlier articles on Pacific trolling and trawling and New England longlining, lobstering, deep-sea scalloping and quahaugging.
On the following pages we get a close look at the small New England dragger, as typified by a Maine whiting boat out of Portland and a food fish dragger out of Stonington, Conn. Two Northwest fisheries - salmon gillnetting and halibut longlining - are also covered and we toke a look at the herring pound net fishery of the Chesapeake.
PHOTO BELOW shows Capt. Bob McLellan, right, and his brother Myron emptying the cod end of their trawl of a catch of whiting. Whiting is one of Maine's big summer fisheries and helps provide many small draggers with virtual year-round fishing - whiting in summer, shrimp in winter and groundfish in the 'tween seasons. Photo by Lyman Owen
Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.
The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, is holding a series of public meetings in May and June.
The meetings are being held to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. The planning body seeks input on these goals and actions. Additional information on the group's progress can be found here.
The meetings will also provide an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.