The salt of the ocean
The search for our annual NF Highliners begins with lots of phone calls, some emails, a few texts and inevitably results in some hand-wringing along with the sense of satisfaction that we take from the opportunity to pay a little honor to those who give so much to the commercial fishing industry.
Trimaran for Maine fishermen? Shop finishes biggest boat yet
If things go as planned, the first fishing boats in this country — possibly anywhere — designed and built as trimarans will be hauling lobster traps for Maine fishermen as early as next year.
The trimaran design is the result of an initiative by the non-profit Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington, Maine, to develop a more fuel-efficient lobster boat.
Doug Read, a professor of engineering at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, is managing the technical side of the project, and this past spring took a 4-foot 6-inch model to the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y. to be tank tested.
Northeast Surf Clams
Closed for 20 years, Georges Bank prospect delights struggling harvesters
Surf clam prices remain bottomed out at $12 to $13 a bushel, but the industry is nearing a milestone toward future investment.
In October the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference considered a new protocol for testing clams on Georges Bank for paralytic shellfish poisoning, a biotoxin that closed the area for clam and mussel harvests in 1990. Fishermen and regulators think it is safe now, but need an ironclad testing system to reopen the Georges resource.
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
Just before midnight in mid-October off the coast of Oregon, the skies were clear and the seas were calm. A 45-foot steel tuna boat and its two-man crew were headed back to port. The two-day trip had yielded only seven tuna. The skipper had just taken over the watch and was sitting back in his chair peering out the starboard pilothouse windows. He turned on his 1,000-watt sodium light to illuminate the darkness ahead.
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.
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.