Their eyes were watching cod
A midcoast Maine longline survey keeps tabs on groundfish
By Paul Molyneaux
An hour before dawn on a late summer morning, wind blowing in from the southwest, I arrive with 42-year-old lobsterman Jason Joyce at Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island, Maine. Dim shadows of boats lay on their moorings, and under a light near the end of the Joyce family’s wharf, Jason pauses to talk to his father, Carlton Joyce.
Mass. yard building scalloper; home to Maine for repowering
After launching the 95-foot scalloper Concordia in December 2011 for Malvin Kvilhaug of South Dartmouth, Mass., Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, Mass., has another scalloper under construction.
The new boat will measure 79' x 26' and is for Kirk Larson of Barnegat Light, N.J. She was designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects with offices in Newcastle, Maine, and Fairhaven, Mass. Fairhaven Shipyard's Kevin McLaughlin says he "believes the scalloper will replace an existing boat."
Alaska & Pacific Herring
Quota booms in the bay, sinks in Sitka; new buyer could plump fleet's prices
San Francisco Bay's gillnet herring fleet began fishing on a bigger quota when the 2012-13 season opened on Jan. 2. Moreover, substantial catch level reductions in Alaska's fabled Sitka fishery, plus an Alaska processor's interest in California product could boost ex-vessel prices for San Francisco sac roe harvesters.
Cool head prevails in fire
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
Following a successful swordfish and tuna trip, the skipper of a wooden longliner dropped off his crew for some well-earned rest at a North Carolina port one early February day. Looking at a 30-hour steam to his northeast Florida home port to offload his catch, the skipper hired a new crewman to help man the helm and stand watch.
Our house: Crab on holiday
Everyone sing with me now, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." It's crab season in our house — Dungeness crab to be exact. In our house, this is the make or break time of year to replenish the checkbook after its yearlong battle with the bills and tuition, and if we are really lucky and the Crab Gods smile, maybe just maybe, we can buy Crabdaddy a new truck this year.
Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.
The equipment is located in a recently updated 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility in Adak, Alaska. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Hilco Industrial, which conducts 75 machinery and equipment auctions in a wide range of industries annually, will conduct the auction.
Adak Seafood opened originally as Ada Fisheries in Anchorage in 1986. The facility, updated in 2005, is located on the island of Adak, the southernmost city in Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. The facility processed cod primarily, as well as halibut, blackcod, crab and pollock, Hilco says.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.