National Fisherman


National Fisherman - March 2010

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Gulf/South Atlantic Shrimp

Look up 'tough racket' in dictionary, and you're certain to see a shrimper

As the new decade begins, there's not much encouragement to be found looking back at the either the past year or the past decade, which began with heavy imports crashing the price of domestic shrimp.

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Time and tide...

Many of you probably gasped when this issue of National Fisherman arrived in your mailbox. After nearly half a century as a newsprint tabloid, your favorite magazine has finally stepped up to coated paper.

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Sailing away with Keys lobsters

Neither pirates nor low prices deflate the spirit of Robert Palma and his crew

By Kathy Bergren Smith

Robert Palma eases the Lady Josephine away from the dock at 2 in the morning on a late summer night with a sense of unease. It is not the weather that worries him; it is calm and clear in Marathon, Fla., with a fine forecast. The 53-foot fiberglass lobster boat is shipshape, and its twin Cats are purring through the glassy black water toward the Seven Mile Bridge.

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Preparation pays lifesaving dividend

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

When Apollo 13 suffered an in-flight explosion and couldn't complete its moon-landing mission, it still managed to return to Earth with its crew. NASA deemed the mission a "successful failure."

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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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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