National Fisherman

National Fisherman - August 2012


Last rodeo

Young fishermen are the last generation to work (and play) in Glacier Bay

By Melissa Wood

If you have to go to work at all, then you might as well go like this: When they load up for winter crabbing in Southeast Alaska, the crew of the Osprey brings along a surfboard, scuba gear, wetsuits, Frisbees, guns, clay pigeons, golf clubs, a disco ball, kegs from the Alaskan Brewing Co., barbecue and just about any kind of music you can think of so the songs don't get too repetitive when they're blasted from speakers on the deck for up to 20 hours a day.


For old timers' sake

I am a Southern transplant to New England with a passion for baseball and a soft spot for old things. As such, I must admit I get a little puff of pride in my chosen home when I think about Boston's Fenway Park celebrating its centennial this year. The owners of the Red Sox have opted in recent years to make minor changes to the park in order to accommodate modern contrivances and comfort for baseball fans. I love that park for its history and longevity, and I especially enjoy packing in like sardines onto classic wooden seats in the grandstand to watch a ballgame with serious fans.



Boatyard favors cored hulls;

set-aside boat finally finished

In late May, Downeast Boats & Composites launched one of its Northern Bay 38s as a rod-and-reel tuna boat for Matt French. He will fish the boat out of Montauk, N.Y.



Carolina dealers' loss is Virginia's gain as shoaling woes force quota transfer

North Carolina fishermen retain, at 27.4 percent, the largest share of the Atlantic summer flounder commercial quota of 13.1 million pounds, but it's not doing the state's dealers much good this year.


Trapped in bad weather

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One brisk, overcast January morning, a 31-foot fiberglass boat left her mooring near Naples, Fla., for a day trip. The two-man crew planned on moving their wooden stone crab traps.


Inside the Industry

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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