National Fisherman

National Fisherman - September 2008


Cutting your losses

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

We all know how important it is to run drills and practice emergency procedures. And your inclination may be to stay with your boat unless and until it's going down. However, sometimes knowing when to give up is the tipping point of survival at sea. In the case of a vessel fire, do you know your limits?

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Gulf/South Atlantic Summer Flounder

'Statutory,' not biological overfishing has their backs to wall, fishermen say

As total allowable catch for Atlantic summer flounder shrink to historic lows and the biomass increases at a healthy rate, industry concern has shifted from market dynamics to the management regimes that artificially restrict the market.

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'Evidently leaking some oil'

So there you have it. Nearly 20 years — and 6,000 fewer plaintiffs — after Capt. Joseph Hazelwood broadcast those words from his perch high above Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, the ultimate verdict in the Exxon Valdez case is in, proving once again, as Merle Haggard has been telling us lo these many years, that a working man can't get nowhere today.

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Exxon's empty promise

By R.J. Kopchak

On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez grounded at Bligh Reef, Prince William Sound, Alaska. Over 11 million gallons of oil quickly spread with the currents, oiling over 3,000 miles of the Alaska coastline stretching from Bligh Reef to Kodiak Island. The oil and cleanup efforts killed hundreds of thousands of birds, thousands of marine mammals, and countless other marine life. The poisons in the oil, dispersants, and cleaning chemicals and compounds damaged all living tissue, but especially embryos in developing eggs.

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Lobster boat clocks 64 mph; Uncle's UFO dominates race

"That was 62.7 [mph]. I'll get more out of her. We've got something here," said Richard Weaver, after the 30-foot Foolish Pleasure crossed the finish line in her first race of the day at the Searsport (Maine) Lobster Boat Races on July 12.

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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has announced that Dr. Jon Hare has been selected to serve as the permanent science and research director effective Oct. 31.

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It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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