National Fisherman

National Fisherman - January 2012


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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