National Fisherman


National Fisherman - August 2010

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Gearing up for an emergency

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

You shouldn't depend on a good Samaritan boat being nearby, but it's always a welcome sight in an emergency.

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Gulf/South Atlantic flounder

Assessments leading quotas upward, downside is economy's effect on price

Economic conditions continue to drag on flounder prices — with no real signs of improvement for the short term — while summer flounder quotas have begun to increase, reflecting improved stock assessments.

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Wanted: battalions

April 26, 1986. We were all looking down our noses at the Soviet Union as Chernobyl's radioactive plume billowed over Europe and forced evacuation in parts of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

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The fight of their lives

Nothing — not even hurricanes — could have prepared Louisiana's fishing communities for a disaster of these proportions

By John DeSantis

On a bright Sunday in June, 59-year-old Linwood Dupre of Terrebonne, Parish, La., spent $500 for fuel and ice when he learned of a new opening of some inshore waters nearby.

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Northeast

Lobsterman gets 40-footer; builder done with finishing

Running hard on her sea trial, the 40-foot Obsession pegged out at 27 knots, with the 700-hp Caterpillar C12 running up to 2,300 rpm. The 40' x 14' 10" lobster boat is owned by Lance Ciomei, a 23-year-old lobsterman from Stonington, Maine, who had been fishing out of a 32-foot Mitchell Cove. The Obsession is the latest lobster boat to come out of H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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