National Fisherman

National Fisherman - May 2013

Fishin' definitions

This glossary is a supplement to the Washington Lookout column "It really is that simple" by David Frulla and Shaun Gehan. The article, which provides a simplified overview of fishery management, is in our May issue, page 10.


Salmon sabbatical

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.


Keep it clean

In mid-March my family sat down to a supper of rice pilaf, sautéed green beans and honey-broiled sockeye. My 3-year-old had requested salmon, much to the delight of his parents.


ATY Northeast

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.


Northeast Groundfish

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.


Stop pot shots

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Late into the second afternoon of a seven-day trip off the New England coast, the veteran skipper and three-man crew of a 70-plus-foot lobster boat was setting the last of four trawls.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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