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

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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