National Fisherman

National Fisherman - May 2011


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 Northeast Fisheries Science Center has announced that Dr. Jon Hare has been selected to serve as the permanent science and research director effective Oct. 31.

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It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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