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 following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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