National Fisherman


Warm waters indicate early season for Maine’s inshore fleet

By Caroline Losneck

Normally Maine lobster season peaks in early July, about the same as the tourist season. But this year, scientists and fishermen say it is likely to be two or three weeks earlier than usual, similar to 2012.


Plant a patch of water

Oyster farmers Weatherly and Greg Bates have grown to love Alaska’s Halibut Cove

We came to Alaska in a camper for our honeymoon, made it to Homer and thought it’d be the perfect place to start up a shellfish business,” says Weatherly Bates, 34. She and her husband, Greg, also 34, grew up in Little Compton, R.I., a small coastal community of about 3,000 people. They found their footing in historic East Coast fisheries and through their studies in the University of Rhode Island’s aquaculture and fisheries technology program...


Think big, act fast, go slow

By Jessica Hathaway

Forty years ago, Congress approved the Fishery Conservation and Management Act — precursor to Magnuson. The first lines of the law declare our supply of wild fish to be a valuable natural resource for their contribution to “the food supply, economy and health of the Nation.” It goes on to recognize the economic contributions of commercial and recreational fishing.


Outboard blitz-out

The skipper and deckhand of a 38-foot gillnetter were heading back into port. The skipper was at the wheel and had pushed the boat up to 15 knots. The deckhand was preparing for delivery....


NF Northeast ATY Icon 16Maine shops make deliverie to crabbers in Maryland, California 

By Michael Crowley

Maine’s Westport Island, a Long Beach fiberglass hull is being finished off inside Dana’s Boatshop. That’s a hull not usually found in a Maine shop. It’s from Long Beach Boatbuilding in Port Morien, Nova Scotia, a boatbuilder that offers fiberglass hulls from 32 to 45 feet... 


Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.


Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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