National Fisherman


National Fisherman - June 2014

NF June Cover

Bulletproof tow-skiff

Builder modernizes traditional Chesapeake design to minimize maintenance

By Larry Chowning

Pound-net fishermen in Chesapeake Bay build and work their nets much the same way George Snediker did in 1870, when the Gravesend, N.J., fisherman introduced the netting to the Chesapeake region.

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ATY North

Drought is over at Maine boatshop; lobster boat racer doubles his power

It's been several years since the Red Baron from Holland's Boat Shop in Belfast, Maine, has idled up to the starting line of a Maine lobster boat race. This summer was going to be different; Glenn Holland had planned on bringing the Baron into the shop to prepare the 32 footer for the 2014 racing season, but it was not to be.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Yellowfin

Winter's over, but market's still cold for fleet battered by imports, weather

The long, hard winter of 2013-14 is finally over, but the previously thriving yellowfin tuna market has turned cold.

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Caution: shifting gear

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One May afternoon, an 81-foot steel shrimp trawler began preparing for a first set off the Florida Panhandle around 2 p.m.

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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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