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 Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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