National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2009


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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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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Inside the Industry

The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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Cummins  announced the opening of a new Alaska service location on Kodiak Island last week that will serve as a service and support location for commercial marine applications.

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