National Fisherman

National Fisherman - October 2010



Port of last resort

Running for president some years ago, Sen. Bob Dole recounted for a Maine audience a confrontation with a malcontent at an earlier stop along the campaign trail.


Macro plan from micro-processor

Tony Wood can help you direct-market your salmon, and you don't have to process them

By Matt Marinkovich

In Bristol Bay, where the sockeye's astronomical returns has everybody working triple-time just to get them processed, the fishermen's ongoing struggle is how to increase the price they're paid for their catch.
Processors seem to have Rolodexes full of justifications for why the price falls short of fishermen's expectations; they just flip through and pull out the excuse that best corresponds to the fisherman's latest gripe.



Lobster boats break records; blown engines part of racing

At the end of July there were only three more Maine lobster boat races scheduled, and the big question was still hanging out there, is Underdog's engine going to be put back together in time to challenge Foolish Pleasure?


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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