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National Fisherman - November 2015

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00 ATYicon NorthEastFrom the whimsical to the practical, lobster boat races draw them all

By Michael Crowley

At any of the Maine lobster boat races, you’ll find a collection of characters. There’s the fisherman racing a strictly working lobster boat. There’s nothing special about the engine; it’s got power enough to go to the grounds and back, and in between haul as many traps as necessary. Even though he knows he probably won’t win, he’s like most Maine lobstermen and just loves boats, engines, the noise of a race and a general good time. 


The other Chesapeake blues

The Mid-Atlantic’s blue catfish invasion results in a prolific fishery and a burgeoning market

By Jay Fleming

“They are a good fish, but in the wrong place,” says fourth-generation waterman Billy Rice of the blue catfish. Rice grew up fishing on the Potomac River when blue catfish were nonexistent; now they take up an estimated 70 percent of the biomass in certain spans of the river. 


Alaska & Pacific 

Russia misnaming its catch draws heat;
education improves school lunches

By Charlie Ess

The labeling of Russian-caught pollock being from Alaska, the donation of 450,000 servings to food banks across America and a $3.9 million purchase of fillets for school lunch programs sets the tone for the public market. The fishing industry voiced its concerns that Russian fish is being labeled Alaska pollock at a senate hearing on seafood in late August. And the fact that Russia bans seafood imports from other countries, including the United States, doesn’t set well either.


Fire at the traps

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

At approximately 6:30 a.m., a skipper and sternman walked up to their 36-foot fiberglass-and-wood-hulled lobster boat, which was tied-up at its usual berth. The sun had been up for over an hour, and it was time to get to work. The men hopped aboard and, within a few minutes, the boat was underway and headed out of the harbor.


The frontier spirit

By Jessica Hathaway

I’ve known Katherine Carscallen for a few years now. Long enough to know that when she is on a mission, it’s because she’s fully dedicated to the cause. She doesn’t do anything with half a heart or a partially made up mind. Nor does she act rashly or whimsically (except perhaps when procuring kittens).


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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