National Fisherman

National Fisherman - October 2008


Bigger is not always better

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

Wear and tear on equipment requires frequent maintenance, repairs and eventually replacement. Worn gear is best replaced with a like piece of equipment. If it is upgraded, the new equipment may be bigger and operate more efficiently, but it could also add significant weight, which can affect the boat's operation.


Northeast Oysters

Retail demand is driving bull market for upscale product on the half-shell

Virginia oyster growers saw a significant bump in their fledging industry's sales in 2007. It's a sign that cultivated Chesapeake oysters can capture some of the retail revival that's bringing New York City money to eastern Long Island.


Family man

The several hundred people who turned out at a Rhode Island memorial service for Phil Ruhle Sr. were a poignant reminder that fishing is a family business and that to most fishermen, wealth is the fishery you leave to your kids.


Full-throttle fever

The guys who build lobster boat racing engines have two passions — speed and winning

By Michael Crowley

Some say Maine's lobster boat racing is like NASCAR only on water. Forget that. NASCAR drivers and their pit crews have a catered life of flashy, matching suits and multiple sponsors. Lobster boat racing is jeans and T-shirts and individual boat owners who hope the engine holds together on race day because their pockets aren't deep — and most of them need the engine to go fishing the next day.



A Maine hull goes to Missouri; Mass. boat repaired in Canada

When Brian O'Neil and his father, Andy, sold their Alaska salmon permits in the late 1990s, they thought they were done with commercial fishing. Then several years later, Brian realized he "couldn't get commercial fishing out of my system," and so he bought a permit for Alaska's sockeye salmon drift-gillnet fishery in Cook Inlet.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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