National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2010



Survival is bicoastal

At fishing expos all over the country, you find fishermen who work different fisheries and oceans comparing stories and debating who goes at it harder, who is tougher, and which area serves up the worst sea states and weather conditions. But no matter the conditions or the region, awareness of your surroundings is the most important aspect of work at sea.


Gulf/South Atlantic Red Grouper

Higher prices signal prosperity coming as reef fish skippers transition to IFQs

Prospects look good as Gulf of Mexico reef fish skippers transition to a grouper-tilefish individual fishing quota program.


On deck: the truth

How many of you can even imagine facing a 15- to 35-year shutdown of your fishery?


Bottoming out

Snapper and grouper fishermen are staring into the abyss of a potential 35-year fishery closure

By Hoyt Childers

Skipper Brian Lloyd stood by his 35-foot reef boat, Charlotte Marie, at Safe Harbor Seafood in Mayport, Fla., pondered the scant options remaining if the snapper-grouper fishery closes, and voiced what troubles the sleep of many South Atlantic fishermen.



Two 50-footers are launched; Maine boat goes to California

A pair of 49-foot 11-inch lobster boats was launched in mid-November at Dixon's Marine Group 2000 in Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia. Both are out of the boatyard's new 50-foot mold.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


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.

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