National Fisherman


National Fisherman - July 2011

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Alaska & Pacific Halibut

Strong yen and demand, lower quota keep dock prices high through April

Halibut and blackcod markets started strong in March with respective ex-vessel prices at nearly $7 and $8 per pound for fish in the largest categories.

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Bastion on the bay

Maryland's Smith Island is a historical haven for Chesapeake Bay watermen

By Charlie Petrocci

Unpredictable. That's the only way to describe crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Like the tides that sustain them, annual crabbing harvests have been undulating in numbers since records have been kept.

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Back from the brink

We are living in exciting times for fisheries.

I know, I know. The jobs are not as easy to find; the boatyards are not as busy (or as plentiful); and the regulations can be daunting, to say the least.

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ATY Northeast

Queuing up for wooden boats; new 30-foot Calvin Beal hull

A year or so ago, things seemed a bit lean for Peter Kass and his crew at John's Bay Boat Co., in South Bristol, Maine. That was then. Now there's plenty of work. First off is a 42-footer that will be completed by the end of the summer. It's a pleasure boat and will be lifted aboard a freighter and shipped to its owner in Australia.

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Cool head in a hot spot

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

A shrimp boat captain and crewman were preparing for a 12-day trip for Key West jumbo pinks on Sept. 11, 2001, out of Stock Island, Fla. As they headed out on the 73-foot wooden shrimp boat, they heard a VHF warning for Tropical Storm Gabrielle. The skipper decided to take shelter and ride out the storm.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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