National Fisherman

National Fisherman - July 2012


Towing in the trenches

Maine's 2012 northern shrimp season is short but not so sweet

By Melissa Wood

There's plenty of squawking coming over the radio as we head out of Portland harbor.


Good people

I didn't grow up in a fishing family, so people often ask how I got involved in the industry.



Yard resurrects fast tuna boat;
satisfied customers come back

Take a prototype engine packing a fair amount of horsepower, match it up with a lightweight hull, and you have a potent combination. At least that's what Mark Hubbard thinks — and hopes.


Alaska & Pacific Halibut

Quota cut should hold halibut price up;
weaker yen to affect blackcod fortunes

As the longline gear splashed into the water for the 2012 season, halibut and blackcod fishermen found ex-vessel prices slightly below where they were when the season closed last year.


Measured response

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One sunny, midsummer's morning, a 44-foot, Dixon-built lobster boat was steaming approximately 6 miles off the Maine coast. The skipper, who was working alone, had just set several strings of gear. As he pointed the bow south to check his remaining pots, he smelled fresh diesel fumes. He instantly backed off the throttle, quickly scanned the horizon for other boat traffic, then went below to investigate the odor's source.


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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