National Fisherman

CHATHAM — Commercial gillnet fisherman Charlie Dodge lugged a full orange bushel basket of what appeared to be small plastic footballs into the large meeting room at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance headquarters.
"That's $18,000 in pingers," Dodge said, setting the heavy load of 160 of the plastic devices onto the floor. Pingers emit a high-frequency sound that harbor porpoises in particular do not like. Gillnet fishermen attach these devices, about the size of a closed fist, to the rope of the nets they suspend vertically in the water from buoys, like sheets on a clothesline, to catch fish. Each fisherman can set out 100 or more of these large nets that sometimes stay out for days.
The hope is that the signal of the pingers will discourage harbor porpoises — small 5-foot-long mammals protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act — that eat herring, capelin and other schooling fish, from swimming into the nets and becoming entangled.
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Inside the Industry

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Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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