National Fisherman

National Fisherman - July 2014

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Sea and sell

The future of seafood marketing may be found in all-star ideas and access to historic federal grants

By Jessica Hathaway

Seventy-five years ago, Congress passed the Saltonstall-Kennedy Act. Fifteen years later, in July 1954, the 83rd Congress earmarked 30 percent of fishery product import duties for research, promotion and domestic distribution.

In the 60 years since, NOAA has slowly moved the funds intended to be reserved at least in part for fish marketing almost entirely into the column of fishery research. S-K funds were once used to promote American seafood and create new fish products. Some of our struggling fisheries (and their fishermen) would doubtless fare better if we invested more in maximizing the use of bycatch in the form of underutilized species.


Stars in our eyes

If there's something I have in common with the boat captains out there who might be reading this, perhaps it's that there's nothing I like to see more than my team in action, everyone pulling together, the glory going to the group effort rather than any single star. This month, we hustled to bring you a special section on some folks whose work we believe does deserve to be singled out — our marketing all-stars (p. 20).



Repairs and newbuilds fill up shop; Rough separation for the Better Half

The boatbuilding and repair bays at H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine, are packed, and it doesn't look like there will be a letup any time soon.

Two 37-foot Repcos were in for refurbishing. One of the 37-footers lost its wheelhouse in a fire. The crew at H&H Marine put a molded top on and "laid up the port and starboard side forward of the main bulkhead," says the boatyard's Bruce Grindal. That boat fishes out of Eastport, Maine.


Northeast Scallops

Overseas demand and conservation measures send prices through the roof

Tightened supply, strong domestic prices and overseas demand are keeping scallop prices jacked beyond levels even optimistic industry observers expected. Early spring surges pushed prices past $17 a pound in New Bedford, Mass., when Asian buyers came shopping.


An open and shut case

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One June day at approximately 1:30 p.m., the watch-stander on the bridge of a 187-foot U.S.-flagged tuna purse seiner fishing in the South Pacific 625 miles northwest of Fiji heard and saw a steering alarm on the bridge and notified the skipper.


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The Muskegon, Mich.-based Petersen Family Fisheries business expanded in 2013 with a new storefront and processing facility called the Fishmonger’s Wife. NF Editor Jessica Hathaway visited the ship-to-shore family business in September last year.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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