National Fisherman


National Fisherman - January 2014

NF Jan14 Cover

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

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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.

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Northeast

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.

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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.

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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.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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