National Fisherman


National Fisherman - October 2012

October 2012

 

Legacy isn't built in a day

Virginia boatbuilding brothers pay tribute to a long oystering tradition

By Larry Chowning

In 2006 David and Mark Moore started building an oyster boat. This July — six years later — the 30-foot Legacy went into the water at Deep Creek Landing in Newport News, Va.

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True colors

This week I was pondering what makes me ineffective at playing politics (don’t ask). And though the answer seemed so obvious (my face can’t lie), it made me realize two things about the U.S. commercial fishing industry:

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ATY NORTHEAST

Fla. fisherman gets Maine boat;
'Tunamania' has wedding angle

At the end of July, General Marine in Biddeford, Maine, pulled a 26' x 9' 6" hull out of its mold for Florida swordfisherman Jackson Coate.

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ALASKA & PACIFIC KING CRAB

Fleet hopes royal prices will keep the fishery flush despite a declining catch

A strong yen, fleet and processor consolidation, and prospects of a smaller total allowable catch could drive ex-vessel prices for red king crab north of $10 per pound when the Bristol Bay season kicks off in October.

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Under the wire

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One clear mid-October day, a skipper and his crewman prepared to go squid fishing off Southern California. Fishermen in this nighttime fishery use high-powered lights to attract the nocturnal squid. The crewman had noticed one of the lights was malfunctioning and decided to work on it once they arrived at the fishing grounds, approximately 6 miles offshore.

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AUG 10-11
Sitka Seafood Festival
Sitka, Alaska
Contact: sitkaseafoodfestival@gmail.com
or call Alicia @ (928) 607-4845
www.sitkaseafoodfestival.org

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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