National Fisherman

National Fisherman - March 2011


Fish Inc.

This has been a tumultuous year in New England. The switch-over to a catch-share based system of management for the groundfish fleet did not go as smoothly as hoped (as far as the fishermen are concerned) and has led to calls for the ouster of NOAA director Jane Lubchenco, pleas to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to bump the quotas to keep struggling groundfishermen on the water, and lawsuits aplenty from fishermen desperate to get this new program to work for them.


ATY Northeast

Cored hull keeps boat quiet; N.H. builder has fast 21-footer

At Beal's Boat Shop in Milbridge, Maine, the mold for a Beal 33 lobster boat was being waxed up at the end of December in preparation for laying up a hull. In another part of the shop, the crew was laying up a Beal 38. Calvin Beal Jr., of Beals Island, Maine, designed both models.


Gulf/South Atlantic Shrimp

Prices looking up for shrimpers back on the water, but spill is still a concern

The outlook for both the market and the fishery remain uncertain as shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico look to the winter and spring of 2011 in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill.


Smoke on the water

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

On a beautiful January day in south Texas, a 68-foot wooden shrimper was tied up for off-loading. The skipper had been a shrimper for more than 37 years and on this boat for more than four. The husband-and-wife crew were also experienced shrimpers. He served as the rigger, and she was the header/chef.


Inside the Industry

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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