National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2009

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A wheel out of motion

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Although the most conscientious fishermen check to see that all equipment is operating properly, safety and survival items have been inspected and tested as required, and gear and stores are properly stowed until they will be needed, something can still go wrong. In the worst cases, several factors come into play.

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Northeast Shrimp

Buyers reluctant to store big inventory of shellfish as global supply glut rules

Northern shrimp are keeping their biological strength in the Gulf of Maine, and the region's major processor sees some hope for better economic conditions going into the 2009-10 winter season.

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Northeast

Maine yard builds tuna boats; P.E.I. has Barbados connection

The boatbuilding pace continues to be pretty active at Wesmac, a builder of fiberglass boats in Surry, Maine. There is a tuna boat under construction, as well as sportfishing boats and a towboat for Sea Tow, the marine assistance outfit whose boats are usually colored a bright yellow. And Wesmac's Steve Wessel says he is negotiating with several potential boat owners, one of them is a West Coast fisherman.

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Leveraging democracy

"Give me a place to stand," said the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, "and with a lever I will move the whole world."

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Cover Story Excerpt: Summer of their discontent

Maine's lobster fishery flares up along the midcoast

By Kirk Moore

The day after one Maine lobsterman shot another on a wharf on the two-square-mile patch of Matinicus Island, islander Nat Hussey heard another shocker: State officials thought they would pacify the island's lobstermen by shutting them down for two weeks in midsummer.

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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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