National Fisherman

National Fisherman - May 2012


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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