National Fisherman

National Fisherman - April 2011


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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