National Fisherman


National Fisherman - March 2012

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The great white way

A Lake Michigan fishing family still runs traps with its fourth generation of whitefish netters

By Dan Denov

Eric Petersen backs the 52-foot steel trap net boat Petersen Brothers away from the dock on Lake Muskegon just as the sun is popping up over the buildings of Muskegon, Mich., four miles to the east. Steaming toward the pier head of the channel to Lake Michigan, the boat's wake is the only disturbance to the glass-smooth surface. The March day's chilly start is expected to wane with the rising sun and clear skies.

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All in the family

Family is the heart and soul of many American fishing businesses. In working waterfront towns across the country, that family often extends to include the larger community of commercial fishing fleets. What develops is a network that expands to create a safety net and often new opportunities for the fleets and their shore-based counterparts.

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ATY Northeast

Mass. scalloper bucks a trend;
lobster boats get stretched out


The week before Christmas, the 1,000-hp Caterpillar 3508 in the scalloper Concordia's engine room was fired up for the first time.

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Alaska & Pacific Herring

Too many fish in the sea? Seiners have
big nets to fill, but the price is sinking

As 2012 opened, Alaska seiners and fisheries managers pondered the logistics behind catching — and processing — a mind-blowing 29,008-ton guideline harvest level while San Francisco herring fisherman began fishing on a 1,920-ton quota.

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Cool under fire

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In the middle of a calm August night a 314-foot fish processing vessel swung on its hook with a smaller fishing boat alongside unloading salmon. Suddenly the vessel's general alarm sounded and all hands were roused from their slumber.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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