National Fisherman


National Fisherman - January 2012

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Welcome to 2012!

Between poring over the Crew Shots (p. 24) and best of Boats & Gear (p. 32) and getting ready for Pacific Marine Expo (where we'll honor our 2011 Highliners) as soon as we ship this issue, I could not be more energized by the U.S. commercial fishing industry right now.

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ATY Northeast


Maine boats will go to Japan; skiff wins races and hauls pots

"It's a win-win situation. We'll get a little business out of it, and the people in Japan will get a good product," says Stacey Raymond owner of General Marine in Biddeford, Maine.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Red Snapper

IFQs a boon to the fleet, but industry
pushes back on catch shares expansion

Despite post-BP oil spill worries and the global economy grinding toward a fifth year of malaise, average annual ex-vessel prices are holding at record levels — $3.53 a pound for red snapper in Florida for the first nine months of 2011 — according to the latest available data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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A dive gone wrong


From U.S. Coast Guard reports

On a calm, sunny Florida morning in May a commercial fisherman on a moored 43-foot boat was filling a dozen or so scuba tanks with 3,000 psi of nitrox, an oxygen-enriched air mixture.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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