National Fisherman


NF Northeast ATY Icon 16It’s Maine lobster boat racing season; N.J. hook and line boat gets extended

By Michael Crowley

It’s summer in Maine, and lobstermen have been hard at it hauling traps during the week. But come the weekend, the focus for many of them is racing. Starting on June 18 in Boothbay and finishing on Aug. 21 in Portland, there are 10 races on Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit.

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Dressed to kill

Alaska’s Salmon Sisters launch their fishing-inspired apparel business off the back deck of the family boat

 "It’s wonderful to see what kinds of beautiful creatures are living under the ocean,” says Claire Neaton, 26, of the inspiration for the Salmon Sisters line of Alaska-based apparel and edibles she runs with her sister, Emma Teal Laukitis, 25.

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Genset goes under

Just hours after taking on more than 1,900 gallons of diesel fuel, a 72-foot steel longliner steamed out of its home port into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the first week of November, and the skipper, his first mate, two deckhands and a NMFS observer were starting their first day of what was planned to be a two- to three-week fishing trip.

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The family way

don’t think many people would be surprised to hear that Alaska is turning out a suite of future fishery leaders. They have a Young Fishermen’s Summit, young people in leadership roles at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a healthy industry with growth opportunities (assuming young people can afford to buy in), and the Alaska Marine Conservation Council ran a program this year called the Young Fishermen’s Educational Tour.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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