National Fisherman


National Fisherman - February 2012

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Early Bird comes back home

Maine island builder revives a wooden lobster boat he built

with his father and grandfather

By Brian Robbins

The moment held a pleasant sense of timelessness — the blurring of a few decades, at the very least. I was pretty happy about that.

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Revving and rolling

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. And if the thought of that makes you cringe, have we got the spread for you. Our annual diesel directory is a prime source for any fisherman considering upgrading, downsizing or simply complying with the next tier requirement.

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ATY Northeast

The case of the missing skeg;

lightweight panels are durable

When you read this, you'll understand why a 40-foot lobster boat from H&H Marine is very steerable, even when something important is missing.

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Northeast Blue Crab

Chesapeake packers feel the pinch of federal labor rules, flood of imports

Strong blue crab numbers in the Northeast helped mitigate a hot summer in 2011 and water quality problems; Maryland reported the second-highest stock assessment since 1997. But the industry narrowly averted a lockdown over federal labor rules for migrant worker wages.

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Persistence and assistance win the day

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One cold, windy January evening, an Alaska Coast Guard Communications Center received a mayday call. A 50-foot longliner was reporting uncontrolled flooding from an unknown source.

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Inside the Industry

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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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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