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

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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