National Fisherman


A Seattle fisheries company has found the kinder, gentler side of long-line cod fishing. They're creating a new kind of vessel - one that's greener, meaner, more efficient and less dangerous.

Blue North has contracted with Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes to build one of the safest most environmentally friendly fishing vessels in the world.

The boat was specifically developed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery.

"The fish are automatically sorted and weighed. So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat," said Mike Burns, Blue North's Chairman. "So there's a lot of new innovation and automation in the new boat."

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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