National Fisherman


National Fisherman - May 2012

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Share America
Views on catch shares from some of the nation's oldest and newest programs remain deeply divided

Part 2: West Coast and Alaska


By Melissa Wood

For both a crewman just starting out on deck and an Alaska veteran, one of the problems with catch shares is that they change the nature of what it means to be a fisherman.

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All hands

Every so often, I go to our little office galley and don't notice until after I've washed my hands that the paper towel roll is just that — a cardboard roll with no paper towels left on it.

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ATY Northeast

Remembering a Beals Island
boatbuilder known for speed

Sometimes a kid wants to build boats badly enough that it is all he can think about. That must have been the case with Ernest Libby Jr. when he wasn't even old enough to drive legally. Fifteen was the cut-off point for kids on Beals Island. Before 15 you had to go to school. Once you scaled that 15th birthday you could quit.

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Alaska & Pacific Sardines & P-Cod

Seiners enjoy big jumps in price, quota;
Alaska winter keeps P-cod boats on ice

More money and more sardines have come amid legal battles to restrict the West Coast fishery, and Alaska weather finally settled down enough to let Pacific cod fishermen begin hauling in the harvest from the icy Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea waters.

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In a tight spot

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One rough winter kept Lake Michigan commercial fishing boats in port longer than usual. When vessels did venture out, the catches were meager.

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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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