National Fisherman

PROVINCETOWN — As David Young is steering the Sea Skipper out of Provincetown Harbor toward Race Point, he fondly recalls curious whales coming up to his boat and spitting on him. He's in awe every time it happens.

I think they're beautiful creatures," he says as he maneuvers the 32-foot H& H Osmond Beal toward the buoys that mark his lobster traps. "I've seen a turtle entangled but never a whale."

The Eastham resident and third-generation Provincetown-based fisherman — and brother of oyster shucking world champion William "Chopper" Young of Wellfleet — was recently certified as a whale disentanglement level-two first responder by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a class sponsored by the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance in conjunction with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

"We're all going to be whale-trained, we're first responders, we're going to have all the Cape covered," Young says of himself and fellow fishermen.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

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NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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