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: 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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