National Fisherman

National Fisherman - May 2010



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.


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?


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.


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."


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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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