National Fisherman

National Fisherman - July 2007

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Northeast Scallops

Elephant Trunk harvest short, sweet;
season opens with a rush of mollusks

The 2007 sea scallop season began in a rush, as the rich Mid-Atlantic area known as the Elephant Trunk opened March 1 and closed to general category boats just two weeks later.

Federal regulators say the fleet's part-time segment burned through its 865 allocated trips in that time, abetted by relatively mild weather. The Jan. 1 opening was delayed at the conservation-minded industry's insistence. Fishermen argued that it was better to gain two more months' worth of shellfish growth and avoid a derby-like fishery during the worst weather of the year.

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Dances with salmon

I don't keep a list of favorite cities, but if I did Seattle would be near the top.

I don't know a lot about its history, nor do I know its neighborhoods, its best night spots (Kells will do for a starter) or local bands.

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Wild about quality

If Alaska markets better salmon, ex-fisherman Mark Buckley says, the world will beat a path to its door

By Charlie Ess

The philosophical hard wiring of Alaska salmon advocate Mark Buckley commits him, as it does some scholars, on a path toward the ultimate goal of making contributions to the human race. Some say that trait plus his commitment to preserve the commercial fishing lifestyle and his unbridled enthusiasm for wild salmon as a superior food source makes him Alaska's strongest salmon ambassador.

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The complex art of vessel stability and loading

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Stability tests for a 65-foot 61-gross-ton steel-hulled scalloper were conducted on Dec. 23, 2002, although they are not required for a fishing vessel shorter than 79 feet. Test results confirmed the vessel was top heavy but that more information would be required to provide a full assessment. The naval architect recommended further calculations to determine how to reduce the tenderness of the vessel. However, the owners ordered no further tests or calculations.

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Northeast

Underdog, Lorna R are primed
for lobster boat racing season

We are ready. We are armed. We are dangerous." That's Richard Weaver, the engine guru for Galen Alley's Lorna R, announcing the 30-footer from Beals Island is ready for its second season on Maine's lobster boat racing circuit.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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