National Fisherman

National Fisherman - September 2009


Shoring up your safety equipment

From UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch reports

Preparing for safety at sea must include those days and nights when you are tied to the dock and sleeping aboard.


Gulf/South Atlantic Spiny Lobster

Fleet hoping for storm-free season 
of good landings, higher dock prices

The 2008-09 Florida spiny lobster season was dismal. While there is always the chance tropical weather patterns may be more conducive to decent landings this year, market and economic indicators for the coming season aren't especially encouraging.


The prospect of a future

For many years now, New Englanders — undeservedly, in my view — have been regarded as troglodytes when it comes to fishery management.


Regime shift

With management by sectors a done deal, New Englanders must figure out how to make them work

By Linc Bedrosian

"Are you in or out?"

George Clooney's character asks that question of his prospective partners-in-crime in the movie "Ocean's Eleven." But in New England's beleaguered groundfish fishery, the question has a little different meaning.



High school grad gets a boat; Crowley 36 gains some beam

Josh Beal graduated from high school in Milbridge, Maine, on June 12. On June 13, he took delivery of his new Calvin 36 from Beal's Boat Shop in Milbridge.


Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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