National Fisherman

National Fisherman - September 2012


Blue on the bayou

First-time boat buyer Zed Blue learns just how hard things can get — before they get worse

By Michael Crowley

Early last fall the future was nothing but positive for Zed Blue. A deckhand on West Coast and Alaska fishing boats since he was 14, the 31-year-old was flying to Bayou La Batre, Ala., to buy his first boat.


Ray's way

I've met with Ray Riutta many times over the years. But my first meeting with him in my official capacity as editor of the magazine was at Seattle's Pacific Marine Expo in November 2010. Jerry Fraser, my predecessor as editor and the current publisher of the magazine, was introducing me in my new role and Ray was introducing the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's new communications director, Tyson Fick.



No wood for this 'glass boat;
it's lobster-boat racing season

If you're looking to hire a boatbuilder to finish off your fiberglass hull, you'll sleep a lot easier if you've had dealings with the guy and seen the boats he's built. It's even better if he's built a boat for you and you were pleased with the results. With a good history, it's a lot easier to trust the builder's instincts.



Fast and furious fishing pace marking bountiful seasons in California fishery

January sampling of the squid population points to another banner year for 2012. Ex-vessel prices started slightly stronger than last year's, and the industry will work to plug a loophole that let smaller boats keep fishing after the directed fishery closed.


Channeling danger

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Early one cool January day, three men set out on their 29-foot gillnetter for rockfish and perch in upper Chesapeake Bay. This time of year fish frequent the warmer depths of the main shipping channels and watermen set their gillnets at the channel edges.


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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