National Fisherman

National Fisherman - December 2010



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.


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.


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.


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."



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.


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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