National Fisherman

Ripples from the Ukraine unrest are being felt on the Seattle waterfront, as fishing industry executives weigh how much whiting they'll actually catch: The quota is large but market conditions are not the best.
 
The 2014 quote for the popular whitefish, also called hake, is set for an unusually high 420,000 metric tons in the areas off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and western Canada.
 
With the season starting May 15, large catcher-processor vessels and open-water trawlers are outfitting to head out for a few weeks, said Dan Waldeck, executive director of the Portland-based Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative.
 
The problem facing the large fishing companies is that uncertainty about the Ukrainian economy, and about the exchange rate between the dollar and the Ukrainian currency, is creating uncertainty about how many fish will find a market and for what price.
 
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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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