National Fisherman

National Fisherman - June 2011


Prawn jewel

Fisherman-owned Vancouver company flourishes with British Columbia's spot prawn fishery

By Rick Crosby

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, a row of white tents is set up on one jetty at Fisherman's Wharf near Vancouver's Granville Island. A group of seafood chefs stand out in their starch white uniforms in the growing crowd of visitors at British Columbia's fourth annual Spot Prawn Festival. The gathering is the brainchild of Vancouver prawn fisherman Steve Johansen, 43, and restaurateur Robert Clark, 47, who believe spot prawns are the poster child for sustainable fisheries. In the early 1990s spot prawns were relatively unknown to consumers in British Columbia.


Coming home

When I got the news in early April that Peter Prybot, 63, had gone overboard from his lobster boat, the October Sky III, out of Pigeon Cove in Rockport, Mass., my first thought was that the fishing community had lost a treasured asset. Peter was our colleague many times over — as a fisherman, photographer, author and relentless advocate for the industry he loved so well. My next thoughts were of his family and friends in the tight-knit fishing community of Cape Ann. He was perhaps best known for his book "White-Tipped Orange Masts" about the once-robust Gloucester dragger fleet. His memoir, "Lobstering off Cape Ann," acknowledged the dangers of fishing solo.


ATY Northeast

Travelift delivers wheelhouse; historic schooner being rebuilt

The fourth week in March, the 95' x 28' scalloper Concordia was three or four months away from launching at Fairhaven Shipyard Companies in Fairhaven, Mass.


Gulf/South Atlantic Yellowfin

Uncertainty over post-spill damage is keeping La. longline fleet dockside

Nearly a year after the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico yellowfin tuna fishery has been one of the hardest hit. Most of the tuna longline fleet remains tied to the docks, says David Maginnis, vice president of Houma, La.-based Jensen Tuna.


Safe haven

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Weather at sea is a fickle beast, even in sight of land. The only way to be prepared is to never feel comfortable in changeable seas — and always have survival gear at the edges of your mind if not the tips of your fingers.


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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