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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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