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.
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.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.