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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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