National Fisherman

National Fisherman - April 2015

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Trawl on!

By Jessica Hathaway

It’s what fishermen have been saying for decades now, ever since there’s been an environmental bent against draggers and trawl gear in general: Dragging is not inherently destructive. And they’ve got a new study to back them up.


2014 Year in Review

It’s been a productive year for this great American industry. Near-record runs of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay followed the record pink salmon runs in Alaska last year. Bristol Bay salmon fishermen also won a critical battle in the fight over Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine. East Coast bluefin fishermen scored a victory at ICCAT after years of successful conservation.


00 ATYicon NorthEastNew ideas for wood-glass lobster boat;
Fishermen favor this Down East yard

By Michael Crowley

Richard Stanley is a firm believer in the idea that nothing goes through the water nicer than a wooden boat. It’s not an idle notion born in some wistful romantic moment. Nope, Stanley, now 52, has been building wooden boats since he was a kid.


All for one

Participants at the annual Seafood Summit 
to cultivate sustainability and consensus

By Jerry Fraser

There’s a riddle known to fishermen along the coast of Maine that goes like this:

  What are the two things a guy needs if he wants to go fishing?


Gulf/South Atlantic

Red snapper landings, price rise;

tough times for blue crab, oyster


Fisheries for the Gulf of Mexico’s two top finfish continued their winning streak, with improvements in both landings and, according to reports from fishermen, ex-vessel prices.

Red snapper fishermen landed 99.2 percent of the overall commercial IFQ quota, compared to 97.1 percent in 2013, according to NMFS data. In September, red snapper were bringing fishermen $4.74 to $5 a pound in Louisiana, well above the 2013 gulfwide ex-vessel average of $3.88.


Storm turns seas deadly

One October morning, the skipper of a 50-foot longliner relieved a crewman who had been standing watch for several hours. The longliner’s four-man crew had been fishing blackcod off Alaska’s Aleutian chain for about a week.


National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Today Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to extend a permanent exemption for incidental runoff from small commercial fishing boats.


The National Working Waterfront Network is now accepting abstracts and session proposals for the next National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, taking place Nov. 16-19 in Tampa, Fla. The deadline is Tax Day, April 15.

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