National Fisherman


National Fisherman - May 2011

0511

Up and down in Puget Sound

Die-hard salmon gillnetters ride the waves of fish politics, variable returns and creative marketing in the Pacific Northwest

By Matt Marinkovich

The sun was low in the November sky as I drifted for chum salmon on my Puget Sound gillnetter, Satisfaction, just south of Seattle in 2009. I kept watch for sport boats so I could flag them off my net, when I saw Joe Popich on his bowpicker, the Big Dog, round Alki Point.

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Building a bridge

The abrupt about-face on the part of NOAA and the Commerce Department as we were going to press with this issue in mid-March was a huge step forward for fishermen who are fighting to preserve their industry.

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ATY North

Cat decision frustrates builder; museum rebuilds side-trawler

At Wesmac in Surry, Maine, Steve Wessel is both glad and frustrated. He's glad that a boat is being built in each of the boatshop's six bays. Five of those are commercial fishing boats, and one is a pleasure boat.

He's frustrated with Caterpillar because they've pulled the engine a lot of fishermen want.

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Gulf/South Atlantic blue crab

Mystery illness puts La. fleet in limbo; Florida, Mississippi harvests stay strong

The Gulf of Mexico's blue crab fishery and market prospects for the coming year are mixed almost a year after the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In Louisiana, many fishermen have temporarily stopped crabbing.

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All PFDs on deck

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The image of the Gloucester fisherman in his Sou'wester has eternally linked fishermen with foul weather. Even on a short trip in sight of shore, you are at the mercy of the elements.

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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