National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2008


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.


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.


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.


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."



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.


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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