Extended crab and cod seasons keep the Bering Sea pot fleet churning
By Annie Ropeik
In the wheelhouse of the 117-foot Aleutian Mariner, skipper Gordon Kristjanson is doing some spring cleaning: washing windows, wiping down wood paneling and rearranging his navigational charts. It’s early March, unseasonably warm and sunny in Unalaska, Alaska, and Kristjanson and his crew have just switched over from fishing crab to Pacific cod — six weeks later than usual.
Unusual features for a Maine tuna boat;
after fire, boatshop is running full steam
By Michael Crowley
In December, the Lizzie was back at Finestkind Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine. Last year she was in for minor repairs and a paint job. This time the wooden lobster boat was in for a repower.
A 315-hp Cummins came out, and a new 400-hp Iveco went in. “She should get a bit more speed,” says the boatyard’s Mark Hubbard. His brother, Todd, owns the Lizzie.
Alaska & Pacific / sardines & Pacific cod
Sardine season prospects up in the air;
European product keeps cod price down
By Charlie Ess
West Coast sardine populations continue to perplex scientists and the industry. In the run-up to this year’s season, which begins on July 1, scientific panels reviewed data from last year’s acoustical surveys and egg counts in hopes of coming up with a stock assessment to be used at the Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings in March.
Answering the alarm
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
One late-September day, the three-man crew of a 76-foot steel seiner was fishing for albacore tuna off California when the bilge alarm sounded at about 1 p.m. The skipper discovered about a foot of water below the transmission. He determined the shaft packing wasn’t the source and that the water level was rising rapidly.
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
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.Read more...