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

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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