National Fisherman

National Fisherman - July 2013

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I've decided to resolve the issue by simply saying 'I fish.'

By Holly Hughes

Strait of Juan de Fuca

women26I write this as we head 336 degrees north by northwest out of Puget Sound. The sun is gingerly dropping into Haro Straits; a haze as light as gauze presses low against the horizon and the first chill of evening fills the wheelhouse.

It's a relief to be underway. At last my attention isn't focused on a departure date but on this day, the sun glinting across the water and the way the waves slap the stern like old friends. Most of the projects are done and the world finally turns more slowly as we settle into the timeless rhythm of life on the water.

My thoughts, however, haven't slowed down to seven knots. I've been working on this Women Fishing story all spring and, in my usual fashion, managed to put off writing my part of it. "Why don't you write something to help the readers put all the material together?" my editor had said.

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Holding watch at a thousand feet

Veteran fisherman, fish spotter and photographer shares his bird's-eye view

By John P. Lee

When Wayne Davis came home from Vietnam to Galilee, R.I., he returned to dragging — the same site on the same boat. Four years later, at 26, he registered for flight school. "I had the sudden inspiration that I wanted to learn how to fly and become a fish spotter," Davis says.

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Mending Magnuson

What I expected when I flew into our nation's capital this May for NOAA's Managing Our Nation's Fisheries conference was a lot of talk about towing the line, the status quo, and the wealth of promise catch shares hold for fisheries across the country.

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ATY Northeast

Canadian shop comes to Maine; a boatbuilding tradition carries on

Cory Guimond of Millennium Marine in Escuminac, New Brunswick, appears to be on schedule to open a new boatshop this summer. No, it won't be in Canada. Guimond is bringing his fiberglass Millennium Marine designs over the border to Eastport, Maine, which is just about as far as you can go to the East and still be in the United States.

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Alaska and Pacific Blackcod and Halibut

Weaker yen wears on blackcod price; as halibut quota dips, so does demand

As the new season began March 23, blackcod fishermen found ex-vessel prices substantially lower than in 2012, thanks to the Japanese yen's declining value.

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Shifting gears

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

A skipper and two crewmen left at dawn one late-December day aboard a 38-footer rigged for scalloping. They planned to go about 26 miles off the New Jersey coast, fish all day and return to port just after midnight.

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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

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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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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