First bluefin | Fishermen's Wives make waves | Kodiak shrimp kings

Sept. 24 — Fire destroyed the Port Clyde Packing Co.'s sardine processing facilities, putting the isolated fishing village in a precarious economic situation. Damage to the plant is estimated at about $1 million, but owner Saul Zwecker says the full amount is unknown.

Fishermen in Kodiak land 6 million pounds of shrimp to mark the largest monthly catch in the fishery's history in the state and rounding out the more than 27 million pounds landed in the first six months on 1970.

The United Fishermen's Wives Organization of Gloucester, Mass., took shape in June 1969, and now a year later is taking the first steps toward organizing a fishermen's cooperative to be called Fishing Dynamics.

Sept. 2, 1970 — Snow crab declares victory over Queen crab with an entry in the Federal Register. Chionoecetes opilio, tanneri and angulatus will all be labeled as snow crab, starting 180 days from the Sept. 2 publication.

Georgia’s new shrimp conservation law restricts trawling along the barrier islands and within the three-mile limit from January until June 1. All sounds are closed until Sept. 1, and fishing is allowed only between sunrise and sunset.

Cap'n Perc Sane AKA Mike Brown, November 1970

Consumer Reports follows up on a scathing 1961 review of fish sticks with little improvement noted.

The striking painting of a New England dragger drawn for NF by artist John T. Lutes of Charlestown, R.I., seems timely for this issue, which devotes a sizable number of its pages to Fish Expo ’70.

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 14 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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