National Fisherman


National Fisherman - May 2011

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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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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