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.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.