National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2013

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.


ATY Northeast

Wrecks come to Maine yard; Bluenose II gets a total rebuild

Sometimes things get a little congested out on the fishing grounds. A lot of boats can be working a small area in limited visibility, and then there are those pesky ledge poles.


Northeast Lobster

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.



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


Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.


The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.


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