National Fisherman

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) have christened the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska, the F/V Arctic Prowler.

Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, operates Ketchikan Shipyard for AIDEA. The 136 ft. freezer longliner vessel, built by ASD for Alaska Longline Company, is also the first vessel to be constructed in Ketchikan Shipyard's new 70,000 square foot Assembly and Production Hall.

"AIDEA is proud to be part of Ketchikan Shipyard," said AIDEA Executive Director Ted Leonard. "Our work in partnership with Alaska Ship & Drydock, Vigor Industrial, the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough has helped make the Shipyard a center of economic activity for the region."

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National Fisherman Live

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.

Inside the Industry

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.

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