Fisherman and photographer Corey Arnold
explores the winter bounty of the Bering Sea
By Corey Arnold
Like a land halibut who’s spotted its prey, I flopped onto my stomach and scooted, cautiously, along the icy North Pacific fuel dock with camera plastered against my face. The mighty Dutch Harbor bald eagle was perched on a cleat before me. Her dirty face tore viciously at a pollock carcass, no doubt stolen from a nearby trawl.
Maine lobsterman builds a monster;
N.J. gillnetter goes Down East for boat
By Michael Crowley
I have the only one,” declares Veril “Suki” Pinkham Jr. He’s talking about his 42-foot lobster boat Sea Monster out of Beals, Maine. And he’s not just talking about the orange hull, though that’s unusual.
ALASKA & PACIFIC Dungeness Crab
Landings less robust, but high demand
sends ex-vessel price to record levels
By Charlie Ess
While the West Coast Dungeness crab fleet’s 2013-14 season landings might not have been gangbusters, ex-vessel prices rose to stellar proportions, driving revenues to record levels.
“We’ve seen prices like we’ve never seen before,” says Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish lead biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in Montesano. “For a while, we saw seven bucks a pound.”
Know, know, know your boat
In a small harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the owner of a 67-foot wooden-hulled shrimp trawler had decided to sell the boat. He hired a local fishing vessel skipper and crewman to take the trawler 100 miles north, to a shipyard that would prepare the boat for sale.
Around mid-morning on the February day the vessel was departing, the owner and his mechanic met with the veteran skipper and crewman. The mechanic told the skipper he had run the engines and generator, checked the fuel/oil levels and checked the packing gland. He assured the skipper he hadn’t noted any major problems.
National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14
In this episode:
NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first