National Fisherman

The Northeast groundfish fishery performed at an almost historically low level in 2012, with alarming declines in landings and gross revenues and a continuing downward spiral in the number of vessels actively fishing, according to a report released yesterday by NOAA.
 
The 120-page document — basically a state-of-the-fishery report — paints a stark picture of America’s oldest commercial fishery, using the most somber hues to press the current, and escalating, fishing crisis into ever sharper relief.
 
The bad news is spread across the fishery as a whole — with groundfish landings falling 24.9 percent from the 2011 fishing season — and here in Gloucester, where the values of groundfish landings and the landings of all species hit four-year lows in the season that ran from May 2012 to April 2013.
 
During that period, the value of Gloucester groundfish landings fell 16.2 percent to $14.27 million and the value of all Gloucester landings plummeted by nearly 25 percent to $32.17 million.
 
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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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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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