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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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