National Fisherman


National Fisherman - September 2007

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Close call fails to impress safety board

Based on Transportation Safety Board of Canada reports

For a boat to sink it must first fill with water. This came happen despite our best efforts — because of weather or structural failure, for example — or it can result from our incompetence, in which case the possibilities are endless. Occasionally we are spared the price of our follies.

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Northeast Summer Flounder

Low quotas, high volume squeeze fleet; anglers seek new allocation

Some signs of growing abundance may offer hope of better seasons ahead for summer flounder fishermen.

That would be welcome news, given that 2007's combined commercial and recreational quotas are down 57 percent from just a few years ago. And it's not yet clear which way quotas will change for 2008.

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The vice presidential seal

By the time most of you read this, we'll know whether Vice President Dick Cheney showed up for a July 31 congressional hearing to look into the role he may have played in the development of a 10-year water plan for the Klamath River in California and Oregon.

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Managing to survive

New Englanders are determined to wait out groundfish recovery — one way or the other

By Linc Bedrosian

Groundfishing off New England isn't easy, and it hasn't been for more than a decade. Federal stock rebuilding mandates have triggered increasingly severe fishing restrictions and eroded to a precious few the number of days harvesters can fish each year.

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Northeast

Mass. builder takes on 'honest'
job with Brockway-style skiffs

For a lot of boats being built these days, it seems you need degrees in chemical and structural engineering to figure out what you are getting.

Think about the choices for a fiberglass boat: E-glass, S-glass, Kevlar, Spectra and carbon fiber, and they all have different strength and stiffness (aka modulus of elasticity) levels. Then do you want laminates of unidirectional, biaxial, woven roving or stitch-mat fabrics? Next, throw in several kinds of resins and core materials.

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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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