National Fisherman


National Fisherman - October 2009

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Caught under the weather

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports

The loss of a fishing boat from capsizing or sinking often occurs very rapidly. Severe weather can cause or exacerbate the emergency, leaving the crew little time to react — to save themselves or the boat. In bad weather, there is no replacement for easy access to safety gear and the training to don or deploy it quickly.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Stone Crab

Slow economic recovery will dampen U.S. demand for tasty but pricey claws

Florida stone crab claws — at $35 or so a plate and clearly a luxury item — are sold domestically and dependent on tourism dollars. Consequently, the economic troubles of the past year are hitting the fishery hard.

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While NOAA fiddles

This should be a time of promise for the U.S. fishing industry.

Although we certainly have a number of real concerns — Pacific salmon and Atlantic tuna come quickly to mind, albeit for different reasons, a number of stars seem to be in alignment.

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Back to basics

Oregon's Fred Wahl turns out a no-frills 48-footer

By Michael Crowley

Most everyone has probably had the experience of going out to buy a simple, basic item — nothing fancy mind you, just basic. It might be an entry-level computer or a no-frills minivan to haul the kids around and run errands with.

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NORTHEAST

A wheelchair secure tunaman; Maine lobsterman's first boat

Patrick Simmons, a Yarmouth, Maine, tuna fisherman finally got the boat he wanted. Simmons had been fishing out of a deep-V hull, a "roly-poly thing," says Bruce Farrin of Farrin's Boatshop in Walpole, Maine. Such a boat wasn't the best match for Simmons, who is disabled and operates in a wheelchair.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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