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 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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