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 has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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