National Fisherman


National Fisherman - February 2010

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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.

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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.

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On deck: the truth

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

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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.

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Northeast

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.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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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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