National Fisherman


National Fisherman - June 2007

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Pacific Swordfish

Post full-moon deliveries glut market; longline fleet monitors turtle bycatch

Post full-moon deliveries, inadvertent turtle takes and worldwide import volumes to the eastern United States set the stage for the 2007 swordfish season in the Pacific.

Winter weather hampered swordfish fishing efforts off the U.S. East Coast. So the Pacific fleet fishing above 30 degrees north latitude out of Hawaii scrambled to fill hungry markets with volume, according to Sean Martin, president of Hawaii Longline Association, in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

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Seafood: keep it real

In a blow to the aspirations of open-ocean fish farmers, the Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board Livestock Committee in March recommended that fish raised in open net-cages and those using wild caught fish in their diet be excluded from forthcoming organic aquaculture standards.

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Infused with progress

A state grant is helping Maine's glass boatbuilders stifle the ill effects of styrene

By Michael Crowley

Chemists call it C8H8. The guy off the street who steps into a boat shop knows it as an instant eye and throat irritant. Fiberglass lay-up crews deal with it by donning gloves, suits, respirators and sometimes, caps, although some workers feel they are immune to its effects and make little pretense about clothing themselves in protective garments.

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Don't get roped in

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

The captain and deckhand of a 45-foot fiberglass lobster boat operating out of Mount Sinai Harbor, N.Y., got underway on the morning of June 24, 2003. Both had worked aboard the vessel for about eight years and had made the trip many times before.

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Northeast

Maine yard takes familiar job; steel stern trawler is a revival

For each of the past three years, H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine, has taken on a rebuild of a Repco 37-footer. The latest one was the Miss Lisa, which went back in the water the last week of March in Sorrento, Maine.

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Inside the Industry

(Bloomberg) — After fighting for more than two years to avoid paying almost $1 billion in oil spill damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers, oystermen and seafood processors it claimed didn’t exist, BP Plc has thrown in the towel.

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(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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