National Fisherman


National Fisherman - November 2008

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When great isn't good enough

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

Even on a boat with a safety conscious owner and operator, accidents will happen. Vessels that are maintained in top condition, have all the latest safety and survival equipment, and have passed a Coast Guard safety examination suffer casualties. Crew members who have completed emergency instructions and drills and safety orientations get injured and die while fishing. Bad things can happen to a good vessel and a good crew. The chain of actions and reactions to any incident at sea can lead to disaster or deliverance.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Oysters

Hurricanes Ike and Gustav turn off light at the end of oystermen's tunnel

The oyster supply in the Gulf of Mexico, the country's top oyster-producing region, was finally rebounding from the damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted in 2005. But two more hurricanes, Ike and Gustav before that, blew through the region in September, heaping uncertainty on the Texas and Louisiana oyster industry.

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Pondering Sarah Palin's impact

Whatever Sen. John McCain was thinking about when he selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, you can be sure it wasn't the U.S. fishing industry.

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Cover story excerpt: A stand on tuna

In the United States, there is broad agreement that ICCAT must do better on bluefin

By Jerry Fraser

During the summer of 1973 I was working as a deckhand, whiting fishing with Lester Orcutt on his 47-foot dragger Minkette, when the Japanese freezer-longliner Tatsumi Maru showed up in Portland, Maine.

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Northeast

Maine shop lures Californians; historic schooner being rebuilt

California fishermen seem to have a thing for Down East lobster boat hulls.

Back in August 2007, RP Boat Shop was finishing up a 40-foot Willis Beal hull for a crabber in California. It was the second crabber that the Steuben, Maine, boatshop had sent to the Golden State.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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