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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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