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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 following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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