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 recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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