National Fisherman


National Fisherman - June 2012

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Goin' big

Longliners and trawlers take center stage at the nation's yards

By Michael Crowley

For the past few years, new boat construction for the West Coast and Alaska fisheries has been defined by gillnetters and 58-footers. But in the past year builders have seen a surge in the construction, rebuilding or extensive modifying of large boats for those fisheries. It's a case of upgrading older boats to make them more efficient and safer, sticking with proven designs, or in one case, jumping way ahead of the pack in terms of propulsion choices.

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Strength in numbers

Sometimes we get so caught up in the politics of keeping people fishing that we forget to talk about the essence of it, what brings fishermen to the dock in the morning, whatever the weather, regardless of their aches and pains from the days or weeks before.

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ATY Northeast

Maine tuna boat goes to Mass.;
41-foot lobster boat is finished

In early April, the Jessie-Lin had just returned from sea trials and was tied up to Atlantic Boat Co.'s dock in Brooklin, Maine. The 33-footer is a stretched out version of Atlantic Boat's Duffy 31 and was built as a rod-and-reel tuna boat for Dave Wilson of New Bedford, Mass. He will use the boat for commercial and recreational fishing, says Atlantic Boat's Nate Hopkins. Wilson, he says, wanted a "simple boat with a high level of finish and construction and wanted it to go fast."

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Gulf/South Atlantic Yellowfin Tuna

Southeast Asia drives global price
as it rebounds from '09 recession low

Indicators remain mixed for yellowfin tuna in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico, though market conditions have been improving generally since the recession bottomed out the ex-vessel price in 2009 and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill triggered a drop in demand.

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Cape mystery

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In the early hours of a mild spring day a lone fisherman headed out for a day of squid fishing off the south shore of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. His boat, a wooden 38-foot Novi-style stern trawler built in 1947, was designed as a shellfish dragger for sheltered local bays and sounds. The boat had a history of being cared for meticulously. She had undergone an extensive restoration about 10 years prior, but her size and work within the boundary line meant that she did not require a stability test.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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