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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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