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National Fisherman - December 2015

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00 ATYicon NorthEastMaine sends boats to West Coast; strong lobster catch keeps shops busy

By Michael Crowley

All the boatbuilding bays at H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine, are full and will be for some time. Four lobster boats are being built for fishermen on Maine’s Vinalhaven Island. One is an Osmond 34 that will leave H&H Marine as a bare hull with the top and a towing bitt on the bow glassed in place. The towing bitt is there because the boat will be trucked to Rockland, put in the water and towed to Vinalhaven to be finished off. 


Making a comeback

Jerry Schill talks about what brought him to the North Carolina Fisheries Association, why he left and what drew him back in

By Maureen Donald

Abrasive, cantankerous, opinionated, argumentative, testy, single-minded, persistent, strong-willed, stubborn. That’s what Jerry Schill’s friends say about him. As president of the North Carolina Fisheries Association, he takes no exception to the description.


National Fisherman's 2015 Highliners

This year, we’re recognizing three fishermen for their contributions to their industry and communities.


Alaska & Pacific / Dungeness crab

Crab harvest stays down, prices up; meat count testing starts in October

By Charlie Ess

The West Coast Dungeness crab fleet suffered setbacks in production during the 2015 season. By the first week in October, the fleets in Washington, Oregon and California had landed 10.83 million pounds. That’s far below last year’s harvest of 49.72 million pounds, and marks the end of a long ride that hasn’t known catches below 43 million pounds in the last decade.


Heavy load on a long haul

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

It had been 10 days since a West Coast fish tender had left port and began motoring north toward Alaskan waters for the beginning of the season. This trip was a little different than usual: The tender was transporting a load of construction materials in order to defray some of the costs of the long trip. The plan was to stop at the designated port near the fishing grounds, unload the cargo and then get the tender ready for the season.


We are family

By Jessica Hathaway

“The commercial fishing industry begins and ends with families — from those who harvest seafood to those who enjoy it.” Those are the words of an association leader so critical to his people that they brought him back from retirement to take the helm again.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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