National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2011


Throwing your weight around

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

When you're feeding the masses, you have to make the big hauls. But managing the weight of a full net on deck can be the difference between another set and the last set.


Northeast Lobster

Fleet to south avoids a moratorium, but environmetal factors worrisome

Midcoast Maine lobster prices finally stayed well above $3 in October after two years of depression that time-warped the industry's financials back a decade and more. But a struggling lobster population has harvest cuts looming in the southern New England fishery.


One more time

Here's the news as we were going to press in November.

The cover of the most recent issue of Trade Winds, the newspaper of the North Carolina Fisheries Association, featured photos of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, NOAA's Jane Lubchenco and Eric Schwaab of NMFS, and asked, "Can industry survive these three?"


ATY Northeast

43-footer goes to California; an old Duffy gets lengthened

The last week in October the 43' x 18' Pacific Rival left Millennium Marine in Escuminac, New Brunswick, on the back of a long-haul truck for San Francisco.


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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