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

(Bloomberg) — Millions of dead fish stretched out over 200 kilometers of central Vietnamese beaches are posing the biggest test so far for the new government.

The Communist administration led by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been criticized on social media for a lack of transparency and slow response, with thousands protesting Sunday in major cities and provincial areas.

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The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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