National Fisherman

National Fisherman - February 2012


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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