National Fisherman


National Fisherman - September 2009

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Northeast

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.

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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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