National Fisherman

National Fisherman - March 2014

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Reel Action

Gloucester's bluefin chasers prove why they're the stars of the show

By Shelley Wigglesworth

The spirit of the sea runs deep in the veins of the hardworking commercial fishermen and women who have been making their living off the shores of Gloucester, Mass., for hundreds of years.

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Get in on the act

Any time we cover a commercial fishing reality show, we risk getting caught up in the hype. Some folks will love it, and some will roll their eyes, balking at the lack of reality in so-called reality programming. Whether or not you like the shows, bringing the lives of commercial fishermen into the living rooms of mainstream America is a good thing.

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Northeast

Wood is good for this Maine yard; lobsterman gets a left-handed boat

In an industry defined by fiberglass and metal boats, Peter Kass at John's Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, Maine, is building his 65th wooden boat, and most of them have been for commercial fishermen. This one is a 46' x 15' lobster boat for Stonington, Maine's, Ryan Larrabee. It's a stretched-out version of a 44-foot lobster boat Kass launched last July.

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Alaska & Pacific Herring

San Francisco, Sitka Sound fleets enjoy higher catch limits for sac roe fisheries

Optimistic survey data enabled San Francisco Bay herring gillnetters to begin fishing on a quota of 3,442 short tons on Jan. 1, up sharply from last season's quota of 2,690 tons.

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Fire ignites quick thinking

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The skipper and two deckhands on an Ilwaco, Wash.-based 58-foot wooden Dungeness crab boat were on a mid-January day trip off Cape Disappointment. One of the deckhands, who doubled as mechanic, didn't like the sounds he heard coming from the engine room around 10 a.m.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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