National Fisherman


National Fisherman - October 2007

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Eternal vigilance is the price of safety

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

When making repairs at sea, we often are primarily concerned with getting the job done quickly or correcting the situation before it causes additional problems or damage. However, vessel motion makes repairing equipment at sea significantly riskier than performing the same activity at the dock.

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North Pacific King Crab

Flood of Russian kings negates price
gains expected with rationalization

Large volumes of imported king crab from Russia are flooding markets, negating ex-vessel benefits Alaska's king crab industry had hoped to gain under the rationalization process.

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Say cheese

It's that time of year again, and so we hereby invite your submission for publication in the "Crew Shots 2008" section of our January issue.

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Liveliest catch

An enterprising crabber offers tourists a gull's eye view

By Susan Chambers

Nine years in the wheelhouse of a Bering Sea crabber is a long time to think about a way to bring commercial fishing to life for the non-crabbing folk.

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Northeast

Calif. crabber gets Maine boat;
oak keel laid for lobster boat

In Steuben, Maine, RP Boat Shop has completed a number of boats for commercial fishermen, including some in Canada and California as well as Maine.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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