National Fisherman


National Fisherman - April 2012

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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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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