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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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