National Fisherman


National Fisherman - September 2008

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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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Northeast

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

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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