National Fisherman

National Fisherman - May 2009


Only you can prevent vessel fires

From U.S. Coast Guard reports.

More than 20 percent of fishing boats lost from 1992 to 2007 traced the cause to a fire, making fire the second leading cause for sinking. More than 70 percent of those fires started in the engine room or machinery spaces (which is, of course, a great place to find fuel and ignition sources).


Northeast Herring

Bushel of bait still a big-ticket item for lobstermen in the Gulf of Maine

Even in this economy lobstermen shouldn't expect herring prices in 2009 to fall below a newly established floor in the lower $20s per bushel, between the downsized quota for the nearshore Gulf of Maine and various restrictions.


Toward truth in tuna

The largest players in the global tuna business and the World Wildlife Fund have gotten behind a new organization dedicated to the conservation of tuna.


Roe, roe, roe your boat down in Tennessee

Paddlefish harvesters work to sustain their "egg fish" fishery in the Volunteer State

By Robert Fritchey

Cold, gray, and wet, the late-November afternoon seemed ideal for hunting ducks. Instead, Allen Fine and Dale Roberson were laying out paddlefish nets in eastern Tennessee's Chickamauga Lake.



Business is brisk in Beal hulls; wooden boat gets decked out

At the end of the first week in March, the Maine Fishermen's Forum was being held in Rockport. It's an annual gathering of the state's fishery tribes from Eastport to Kittery, along with Maine boatbuilders and equipment dealers from as far away as the West Coast.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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