National Fisherman


National Fisherman - June 2008

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Breaking the ice

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

While the cold weather may seem long gone, the buildup of ice on your vessel, depending on your region, should never be too far from your mind. In January 2007, a fishing vessel and crew of four were lost in Nantucket Sound. The crew was headed home early from a fishing trip because of inclement weather.

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Gulf/South Atlantic TUNA

High price of fuel, shaky economy plague an otherwise healthy fishery

Tuna fishing in the Southeast sometimes begins to pick up a bit in March after the winter lull. But this year weather was limiting fishing of any kind in the Mid-Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, and tuna fishing hadn't really begun.

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Challenges east and west

April was not a slow news month for the U.S. fishing industry.

The top story was the industry-backed decision by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to shut down most of the salmon fishery.

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Hot spots

Boatbuilders in the right places are busy

By Michael Crowley

Chris Van Peer has been fielding numerous inquiries from fishermen who want a new steel boat. "Some of them," he says, "want a boat built right now."

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Northeast

It's wood again for lobsterman;
Maine yard revives two classics

On April 4, Peter Kass said he should have been timbering up the lobster boat he and his crew are building for Scott Dugas of Yarmouth, Maine, except that John's Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, Maine, along the shore of Poor House Cove, was getting a cleaning up for the launching party the next day of a 42' 6" x 15' x 5' 8" lobster boat for Edward Grant of York.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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