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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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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