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 Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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