National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2011


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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