National Fisherman


National Fisherman - May 2010

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On-deck fatalities can be averted

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Most fishing-vessel fatalities can be attributed to flooding, sinking or capsizing, and nearly one in four results from falls overboard; however, fully 10 percent of all fatalities occur when crewmen are struck or snared by equipment.

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Pacific Sardines and P-Cod

Californians benefit from better count; rise in P-cod price is viewed as at end

New methodology in population surveys spells more accurate quotas for West Coast sardine seiners, but can they find the fish?

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Save tuna and fishers

As I write, representatives of 175 countries are considering banning international trade in bluefin tuna.

National Fisherman supports trade controls, but not a ban, and we wish this were the position of the Obama administration.

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Clean up the act

Industry, anglers call for Congress to modify Magnuson

By Kirk Moore

Paul Theriault held one end of a banner on Capitol Hill and cheered passionately as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared, "The days of managing fisheries with ideology, not science, need to come to an end... We need to start caring about fishermen as much as we do about fish."

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ATY North

Holland tries V-drive on tuna; now's a good time to repower

The last week in February, Holland's Boat Shop in Belfast, Maine, was loading a 38-foot lobster boat onto a trailer and sending it to Marblehead, Mass., where her owner, Matt Finn, will finish it off. And, in early April, another truck-and-trailer rig is due at Holland's to pick up a 32-foot tuna boat and haul it to David Webber in York, Maine.

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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