National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2014

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NF Jan14 CoverYour cameras capture America's fishing vessel crews in our annual photographic salute.

Visit our crew shots page to download a PDF of the pages and view them on our Facebook page.

You are the warriors

William McCloskey Jr.'s new novel is a prequel to "Highliners." An excerpt from "Warriors" that begins on page 26 is a fictionalized account of the early days in Alaska's Bering Sea king crab fishery.



42-footer has plenty of horsepower; fire doesn't beat down Maine yard

The first week in October, H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine, delivered an Osmond 42 to Garrett Steele, who will be lobstering with the Stormi Gayle — named after his fiancée — out of Stonington, Maine.


Northeast lobster

Landings keep rising, sinking prices; Northeast fleet faces uncertain future

Maine's lobster landings continue to surge, but dock prices declined again in 2013. The state moved toward an aggressive new $3 million marketing campaign to brand Maine lobster in both live and processed forms.


Calm under pressure

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Late one February evening, the seven-man crew of a 106-foot steel trawler was making a last tow 60 miles off the New Jersey coast in deteriorating weather conditions. The skipper decided to haul his gear and ride out the weather.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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