National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2010



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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