National Fisherman


National Fisherman - July 2012

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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.

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Good people

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

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Northeast

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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