National Fisherman

National Fisherman - September 2011


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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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