National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2013

Keep calm and abandon ship

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The skipper and two-man crew of an 84-foot steel dragger were fishing for cod one evening on a mid-March trip out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. At about 9:30, the weather began to worsen.

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Alaska & Pacific Salmon

Prices down, Alaska pinks pack cans; West Coast fleet anticipates May start

Forecasts indicate Alaska harvesters will have more salmon to land in the coming season, but a flood of farmed salmon could determine how many fish are sold fresh or wind up in freezers or cans. Returns to the West Coast, meanwhile, appear to be rising.

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Common ground(fish)

The groundfish catch shares program was implemented in New England in the spring of 2010, with the start of the new season on May 1. It began on the West coast the next year, and is being explored as an option for the Gulf of Alaska.

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Dragging it out

A day boat plugs away in a troubled New England groundfish fishery

By Melissa Wood

A day on a day boat starts early. I am a couple minutes behind our 4:30 a.m. departure time, but at least I am not the one holding up the boat.

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ATY Northeast

'Slippery' tuna boat a favorite; Maine yard builds a Super 46

For a while, there wasn't much demand for larger boats at Holland's Boat Shop, but Glenn Holland's crew kept fairly busy with orders for the Holland 14. That's a 14' 5" x 6' 2" fiberglass skiff that gained notoriety winning numerous races on the Maine Lobster Boat Racing circuit, under the command of Holland's grandson, 13-year-old Gavin Holland.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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