National Fisherman


National Fisherman - July 2010

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Free your raft from the rigging

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Vessel maintenance can't always be performed in port. However, you can verify from the safety of shore that your emergency gear is stowed properly.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Mullet

Fishery with roots deep in Florida soil struggles to flourish in modern times

The odds that the Gulf of Mexico roe mullet fishery will return to vitality — or that prices will improve — in the near future are lengthening. The Florida fishery, which in recent years has become the largest mullet producer, struggles for survival.

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In the tank

What ever happened to right and wrong? As kids we were brought up to tell the truth and to know the difference between right and wrong and act accordingly.

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National Fisherman's 2010 Highliners

Our industry may be facing challenges, but it's not for a lack of dedicated leaders. This year's Highliners demonstrate dedication to viable management in the most challenging regulatory environment U.S. fishermen have seen.

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Northeast

Father, son get a combo boat; 24-footer goes to the builder

It was a slightly overcast day when the Susan Lynn started gathering speed, lifting easily and slicing her way across Winter Harbor, running toward that part of the harbor where one of Maine's lobster-boat races will be held this summer.

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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