National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2010

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Hung up on the haulback

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

We've all heard, "It comes with the territory." Because commercial fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the country, we are saddened but not surprised to hear about accidents.

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Gulf/South Atlantic TUNA

In midst of recession, relatively cheap
 can be too pricey for most consumers

Data on 2009 harvests from the three largest tuna-producing states in the Southeast suggest that the recession recovery touted by federal officials has done little — if anything — to improve the seafood market.

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Culture is king

Several years ago I went to a bullfight in Mexico. I was pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy it, and indeed I did not. The bullfight routine calls for mounted picadors to stab the animal in the neck before the so-called fight begins. Thus, the bull's fate is sealed before the matador enters the ring.

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Southern drift

Massachusetts fleet owner teams up with an Alabama boatyard seven times

By Larry Chowning

For years, Gulf of Mexico shrimpers have come to the southwest corner of Alabama, in the area around Bayou La Batre and Coden to have their boats built, first wooden boats and then steel.

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Northeast

Tuna boat continues to evolve; fisheries patrol takes new boat

Not quite two years ago, Atlantic Boat Co. in Brooklin, Maine, brokered a deal for one of its Duffy 42s that had been built in 1997 as a towboat with an open stern. The person who bought the boat is a tuna fisherman, and since the sale he has had the boat back to Atlantic Boat twice in an ongoing rebuilding project.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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