National Fisherman


National Fisherman - April 2011

0411

In it together

The year was off to a booming start with the United We Fish rally in February. Unite we did, and it was a good thing, because 2010 was a year of seismic activity for fishermen.

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Give a man a fish

Recently, I was listening to a "Marketplace" piece on NPR about how the United States has moved away from the gold standard for our currency. The result being that our money is worth what we think it's worth. It's all a leap of faith.

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ATY Northeast

Fiberglass boat and rock meet; lobster boat will also 6-pack it

Last fall the Mum's Girl, a 38-foot Calvin Beal Jr.-designed lobster boat, probably had her 650-hp diesel cranked right up there when she went across a ledge and tore up 25 feet of her keel.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Year in Review

Spiny lobster, stone crab enjoy banner year, but oil spill erodes demand for gulf seafood

Few Gulf of Mexico fisheries escaped harm during the terrible summer of 2010. Most that appear in our market graphic's "Losers" column do so courtesy of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Even those that didn't suffer direct biological damage suffered huge losses in the marketplace as consumers shied away from gulf seafood.

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Hove to and stove up

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In the late 1960s, the National Safety Council aired public safety announcements whose theme was "Drive Defensively – Watch Out for the Other Guy." The PSAs highlighted scenarios in which a good driver got into an accident because of the other guy. Navigation rules that caution other types of vessels to stay clear of fishing vessels can give a fisherman a false sense of security.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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