National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2011


Shrimpin' ain't easy

Louisiana fleet determined to regain its footing amid spill recovery and compounding perennial problems

By John DeSantis

As the long stretch between winter and the opening of this spring's shrimp season wore on, the nagging question for this disaster-weary region's fishermen was whether undersea goo would foul their nets and whatever catch might be found.


Mapping our way

I got an email from my dad this week. It's not unusual. In fact, I get several notes a day from him. He's retired to become a mass distributor of funny or newsy Internet links.


ATY Northeast

Donelle molds get new home; Maine tuna boat goes to Mass.

Cory Guimond at Millennium Marine in Escuminac, New Brunswick, improved his boat lineup by acquiring two molds from Donelle Boat Builder, a New Brunswick boatyard that is now out of business.

The molds are for 43' x 14' 6" and 35' x 14' hulls, which Guimond says are in excellent shape.


Gulf/South Atlantic Flounder

Oregon Inlet dredging issues resolved, N.C. ports relieved to be open for fall

Market prospects are encouraging for the Mid-Atlantic flounder fishery. North Carolina participants hope a navigational nightmare that spoiled an otherwise decent 2010-11 season won't trouble the fall fishery.


A stacked deck

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Some 85 miles east of Atlantic City, on a mid-May day, the skipper and three-man crew of a Rhode Island offshore lobster boat were corkscrewing through rough weather. Winds were out of the southwest at 25 to 35 knots, seas running at 10 to 12 feet and the air a nippy 49 degrees. The skipper was at the helm, and the crew was on deck setting in a trawl.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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