National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2010



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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