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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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