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

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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