National Fisherman


National Fisherman - September 2011

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Making a mark

Regional branding programs promote traceable local seafood from sustainable fisheries

By Linc Bedrosian

The real-estate mantra "location, location, location" is now a cornerstone of a new trend in seafood. Regional branding programs emphasize the local nature of the seafood fishermen catch, the path it takes from boat to plate and the fishery's sustainability.

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ATY Northeast


Mainer goes east for 55-footer; lobster boat is launched at last

Dallas Huckins of Machiasport, Maine, obviously likes the boats built at Dixon's Marine Group 2000 in Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia. He was lobstering and scalloping out of a 48' x 18' boat built by Dixon's Marine Group 2000 until he took delivery of his most recent boat, also built by the Canadian boatyard.

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Following seas

The fishing industry is full of risks. You could go out and never get on top of the fish, lose your catch, lose your boat, lose yourself or a crew member overboard. And even if every day on the water goes as hoped or planned, you could lose your quota if the data says your fishery is not healthy enough to sustain the commercial take (sometimes regardless of the extent of fishing effort).

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Gulf/South Atlantic Spiny Lobster

Trifecta of catch, demand and price brings high spirits to season opener

As fishermen anticipate an Aug. 6 spiny lobster opening, the market outlook and morale in this Florida fishery are as good as they ever get.

Fishermen are coming off a record season, certainly the best in overall value since 1986 and possibly the best ever. Landings were excellent, and robust, persistent demand supported consistently strong prices.

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Paradise lost

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Every year several million visitors come to Hawaii for coconut palm-lined beaches, sun and fresh local seafood. The island state's commercial fishing industry hauls in more than $70 million in annual revenue.

On the last day of October, a 69-foot, steel longliner loaded with fuel, ice, fresh bait and an eager crew of six, left Hilo to fill its holds with mahi-mahi and ahi tuna on a 12-day trip.

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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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