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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National Fisherman Live

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.

Inside the Industry

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.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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