Father and son make a break for Bristol Bay as an old-timer and a first-timer
By Charlie Ess
We're standing near the skiff at the edge of an expansive mud flat. It's low tide, moments away from the season's first commercial salmon opener in Alaska's Bristol Bay Ugashik District. My quadriceps burn, and there's a sharp kink in muscles between my shoulders. We've just finished dragging the better half of a 50-fathom salmon gillnet from our skiff through the muck and have it tied off to a screw anchor that's been twisted six feet into the Earth. The other end of the net lies neatly piled in the stern of the skiff and tied to a 66-pound Bruce anchor.
Extension adds to deck space; Canadian yard builds dragger
At the end of February, the 42-foot gillnetter Nancy Beth was back in the water after a 4-foot extension was added to its stern. The work was done by Rich Fuka and Steve Perkins at Harborside Boat Repair, which operates out of Ram Point Marina in Wakefield, R.I.
Huge cod cuts devastate historic fleet,sending fishery into uncharted waters
NMFS is offering quota carryovers, more opportunity to harvest monkfish and to pick up the tab for at-sea monitoring costs. But it looks like little can ease New England groundfishermen's final reckoning with Gulf of Maine cod stocks.
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.