National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2010



Is it medevac time?

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Many trips go by without serious incident. However, when an event calls for professional medical attention, it may be in the skipper's hands to request a medical evacuation.


Gulf/South Atlantic Oysters

Resource expected to 'bounce back,' but the question is, will the industry?

Following the worst oil spill in U.S. history, roughly half of Louisiana's oyster grounds were not under oil-related closure in mid-August, while the other major Gulf of Mexico oyster-producing regions were anticipating more or less normal seasons.


Mr. Smith's mission

We have an enduring and loyal readership, so this may not be news to some of you, but I feel it's appropriate to put it out there in National Fisherman's 50th anniversary issue.



Builder's 45-footer is popular; boat races raise money for MS

One sure measure of success among fishermen is when they buy a lot of something you are building. By that standard, Provincial Boat and Marine in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, has a winner with its 44' 11" x 14' 6" hull, which is referred to as a 45-footer.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


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.

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