National Fisherman


National Fisherman - February 2011

0211

The wave-swept deck

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

A man-overboard situation is one of the deadliest commercial fishing accidents. In a winter fishery, the crew has only moments to execute a rescue.

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Northeast blue crab

Volume pays off for bay watermen following conservation measures

Summer 2010 was the best season in many years for Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay blue crabs — so much so that prices dropped dramatically, but watermen made some money on volume for once.

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Catch snares

At the end of 2010, NOAA director Jane Lubchenco at long last addressed some of the criticism placed at her door regarding catch shares.

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Island out of season

Nantucket's historic bay scallop fishery has been in decline for many years. Is this the end, or just the end of a cycle?

By Mark Merchant

For 30 years, Martin "Martie" Mack has greeted the opening day of Nantucket Island's scallop season as bright-eyed and happy as only a fisherman can be. But opening day of the current season instead has Mack and roughly 60 other longtime scallopers facing the fact that the fishery, considered by many to be in a long decline, may finally be fished out. For years the Nantucket scallop fishery has been off-again with catches varying from abysmal to bountiful.

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ATY Northeast

A 40-footer goes to the cape; repowers are now the safe bet


In early December, a 40-foot hull and top were being laid up at H&H Marine in Steuben, Maine. Once they are finished, the top will be glassed to the hull, and the package will be loaded on a trailer and shipped to Wellfleet Marine on Cape Cod to be finished off.

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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