National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2012


National Fisherman's 2012 Highliners and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Nowhere in the country is fishery management at a more critical intersection than on the East and Gulf coasts. Yes, that covers a lot of fishing ground, but these industry leaders — Kevin Wark of Barnegat Light, N.J., Dewey Hemilright of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Wayne Werner of Alachua, Fla. — are making strides that have far-reaching consequences, well beyond the bounds of their fisheries.

I am also honored to present a lifetime achievement award to a man with a seemingly endless list of accomplishments, but you would never know it by talking to him. Lucky for us, those who have worked with Brian Rothschild understand the scope of his commitment to healthy and fairly managed fisheries. — Jessica Hathaway

Time for a change

When the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute decided to stand down as its state's agent for the Marine Stewardship Council last year (effective October this year), my first thought was, "This is good news for the long-term marketability of sustainable seafood." Alaska is known to pave the way to new horizons, and I believe ASMI's move to a less expensive third-party sustainability certifier will level the playing field for more and smaller fisheries.


ATY Northeast

Fast 38-footer is fuel stingy;
lobster boat has Chinese crew

The Labella Vita — Italian for beautiful wife — doesn't waste much time getting out to the grounds and back at day's end. The 38-foot lobster boat cruises at 30 mph. Throw on 80 oversized 4-foot traps and the speed might drop to 28.5 mph. "I'm flying by most everybody," says Jeff Eaton, the boat's owner.


Alaska & Pacific Pollock

School lunches and fast-food chains
supersize demand for Alaska pollock

Flagging surimi production elsewhere in the world, increased popularity with domestic school lunch programs and steady demand from large fast-food chains should bolster markets for Alaska pollock fillets and surimi throughout the remainder of 2012.


Read the bar code

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The skipper of a 45-foot Dungeness boat out of Tillamook, Ore., checked the Coast Guard's "first light" bar report one November morning. Conditions were poor and bar crossings restricted. The skipper knew he'd have to constantly monitor the conditions, but decided to head out as planned.


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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