National Fisherman

National Fisherman - March 2008


What's in the hold should tip the scales, not your boat

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Vessel stability must be a concern at all times and during all operations, particularly if you have not had your vessel assessed or tested and you don't have a stability book or stability instructions for your vessel. The best way to understand the limits of your vessel is to be trained in stability, and if possible, get training specific to your vessel.


Pacific Salmon

Record prices may not do the trick; fishery still reeling from '02 die-off

Coming off of a catastrophic 2006 season, West Coast salmon trollers last year hoped that age classes associated with the 2002, '03 and '04 brood stocks would show up in fisheries with abundance.


Don't fast-track farms

Years ago, when a nuclear power plant was first proposed for the New Hampshire seacoast, the party line was that electricity would be so cheap, "we don't know how we're going to meter it."


At the top of his game

A Nova Scotia fisherman designs himself a double-decker of a lobster boat

By Carla Allen

Trucks slow to a crawl and a steady flow of men climb out to have a gander at the Papa Russ, Curtis Rodgerson's new double-decker lobster boat tied up at the Sandford (Yarmouth County) wharf in Nova Scotia.



Lobster boat takes passengers; rebuilding is affordable option

The day after Christmas, SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine, launched a 40-footer in nearby Northeast Harbor. The Lucky Catch was an RP Boat Shop hull that SW Boatworks finished off for Tom Martin who runs Lucky Catch Cruises in Portland.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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