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.
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.
ALASKA & PACIFIC SQUID
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.
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.
National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.