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.
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.
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.
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.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.