National Fisherman

National Fisherman - December 2010

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Drill to survive

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In the throes of an emergency, training increases your chances of survival. Instead of relying on panic response to get out safely, training drills give fishermen a course of action to follow in an emergency.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Swordfish

Foreign fleets are lusting after quota not harvested by American longliners

Swordfish prices — long off the dollar-and-something lows that followed the "Give Swordfish a Break" boycott a decade ago — have been stable for several years now. The fishery is healthy, and sometimes fishermen are rewarded by the excitement of a run of big fish, as happened off North Carolina recently.

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NOAA's ark

Simple advice is offered to aviators who find themselves piloting an airplane that is suddenly out of control: Undo what you just did.

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Cover Story Excerpt: A world of wind and ice

Hard work and harsh weather define winter fishing for pollock in the Bering Sea

By Abner Kingman

Steaming into a Northeast gale on the Bering Sea in February, the trawler American Beauty has built a thick layer of ice from the waterline to the highest antenna. "We're like a giant Popsicle," captain Kevin Ganley says over the radio to another captain. As the boat labors slowly up the face of the next wave he adds, "We're so heavy we're barely moving."

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Northeast

A lobsterman goes up in size; oar power still alive in Maine

"People will travel miles for a Calvin Beal boat," says Stewart Workman talking about a fisherman from Alaska who would be coming to his boatshop, SW Boatworks in Lamoine, Maine, to talk with Workman about building him a new fiberglass Calvin Beal 34.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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