National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2007

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Avoid nightmares by staying awake and alert

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

A collision will ruin your whole day. Collisions are preventable, whether they are the result of equipment failures, weather conditions, human factors or, as is often the case, some combination of these. Navigation rules were adopted to provide for the safe operation of vessels. Any vessel operator must understand the requirements for safe navigation. Adverse weather conditions and operator fatigue require even greater vigilance and precautionary measures to ensure safety.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Oysters

Increase in shell size evokes optimism; Louisiana bets on lease restoration plan

As the winter harvest season begins, oyster industry insiders in the Gulf of Mexico's top three oyster-producing states are cautiously optimistic.

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Right whales, wrong tactic

Abundant stocks may be a sign of a well-managed fishery, but they will not inoculate you against management miscues, past or yet to come.

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The baiting game

If it isn't one thing it's another, say seiners hit with zero-tolerance rule on spawning herring

By Kirk Moore

It's a moonless night in the Gulf of Maine. In the wheelhouse of the blacked-out Western Sea, radar and sonar screens cast weird palls of blue and red on captain Danny Fill and his crew as they watch for herring on the sounders. The light accentuates barely simmering anger in their faces.

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Northeast

Purse seiner for a Jersey crew;
Nova Scotia allows 50-footers

In Surry, Maine, Wesmac completed the hull and deck of what will be a 54-foot purse seiner for New Jersey fisherman Dan Axelsson. "It will look like a lobster boat on the front part, but an old-time seine boat on the back part, with her transom rolled over so her net can come in easily without catching on something," says Wesmac's owner Steve Wessel.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 4/22/14

  • OSU study targets commercial fishing injuries
  • Delaware's native mud crab making recovery
  • Alaska salmon catch projected to drop 47 percent
  • West Coast groundfish fishery bill passes
  • Maine's scallop season strongest in years

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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