National Fisherman

National Fisherman - March 2010



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.


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.


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.


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."


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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