National Fisherman

National Fisherman - November 2013

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Working the web

Technology churns Gulf Coast waters as Louisiana fishermen use social networking to sell their catch

By John DeSantis

Tiny shrimp on the small aluminum skiff's deck glimmered in the Louisiana sun as Mitzi Bourg aimed her iPhone 4 at the pile and snapped a photo.

Within minutes the image appeared on her Facebook page.

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Seafood 101

Who are you? Your adoring public demands to know. The scene has been set perfectly. Most Americans think commercial fishermen are "Deadliest Catch" material: waterborne cowboys, braving the frozen Bering Sea to land succulent holiday dishes.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Grouper

Water temps put a chill on fishing, but dock prices and quotas stay hot

Fishermen have had to work a bit harder to fish out their red grouper quotas in 2013 after last year's record $16.8 million harvest. But average ex-vessel prices continue to climb in Florida, where roughly 95 percent of landings make port each year, most at a handful of Tampa Bay area seafood houses.

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Tipping the balance

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

A 52-foot wooden seiner was motoring along an inner passage in Southeast Alaska, returning from a five-day trip with 7,000 pounds of shrimp boxed in a homemade freezer on the fantail.

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Northeast

Lobstermen race for more than prizes; Whistlin' Dixie is fastest lobster boat

Portland's MS Harborfest Lobster Boat Races on Aug. 18 closed out Maine's lobster boat racing season, which had 12 races, starting with Boothbay Harbor on June 16.

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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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