National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2007


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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