National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2014

NF Jan14 Cover

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.

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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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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