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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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