National Fisherman

National Fisherman - July 2011


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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