National Fisherman


National Fisherman - April 2012

0412

Rallying spirit

There is something about the spirit of the people in the fishing industry that keeps bringing me hope that things will work out all right. I don't mean to sound like Pollyanna, because I know every region faces major hurdles right now. But looking back on 2011 for this yearbook issue, I see hurdles being cleared.

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Northeast

Mass. shop builds oyster boat;
lobsterman goes for visibility

Last April Winninghoff Boats in Rowley, Mass., delivered an aluminum 24-foot V-bottom boat to oysterman Robert Krause in Charleston, R.I.

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Gulf/So. Atlantic

Sun shines on Florida Keys fisheries,
but not on shrimpers and oystermen

WINNERS
Several Southeastern fisheries did well in 2011, but many fishermen, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, find their hopes for 2012 balanced with concern.

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Fighting fatigue


From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One late April evening a skipper and his lone crewman prepared their 44-foot, wooden hulled fishing vessel for a salmon fishing trip off the California coast. During the 58-year-old boat's transit south, steering problems emerged.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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