Category Archive: July ’17

NOAA Fisheries Navigator – July 2017

EXCLUSIVE 4-Page Insert from the July 2017 edition of Commercial Fisheries News > Click page below to download .pdf file (2mb) <

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Kevin Scola & Survival: A man and his Bruno – A love story

by Brian Robbins MARSHFIELD, MA – If we wanted to, we could easily fill the available pages of this annual Tuna Focus with Kevin Scola stories. If you don’t know the Marshfield, MA-based Scola, ask some of his fellow fisherman. “Kevin?  If there’s a fish to catch, he’s the guy that’s gonna catch it.” Or, …

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Guest Column: Move cautiously with Western Atlanic bluefin tuna 

by Rich Ruais After the last complete Western Atlantic Bluefin stock assessment in 2014, Dr. Clay Porch (the lead bluefin assessment scientist for National Marine Fisheries Service) described the assessment results as follows: “This is the most optimistic assessment we’ve had in years, although it’s important to recognize the uncertainties associated with it.” Consistent with …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Abandoning ship…

The decision no fisherman ever wants to make; how to prepare for disaster, survival, and rescue The following is Part 1 of a multi-part series focused on the decision to abandon ship and then taking the steps necessary to maximize chances for survival and rescue.  Watch for additional parts in this series in subsequent issues. …

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Ask the Lobster Doc: Looking lobster landings in the eye

  From my vantage point, there is a lot more – and less – to lobster landings than meets the eye. In some ways, like the economics way, there’s more to landings than meet the eye. However, in the science way, landings have next to nothing to reveal. I’ll try to explain. Landings data consist …

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Mid-Atlantic council adopts longfin squid latent capacity amendment

NORFOLK, VA – At its Jun. 6-8 meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council selected alternatives and approved an amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan to reduce latent capacity in the longfin squid fishery. The council chose not to modify the Illex squid fishery in this amendment. The amendment requalifies vessels …

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Council moves forward Amendment 8 to Atlantic Herring FMP 

MYSTIC, CT –The New England Fishery Management Council chose alternatives to move forward for analysis on draft Amendment 8 (A8) to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan at their its April 18-20 meeting. The amendment was initiated in 2015 to consider alternative methods of calculating the acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule, and to address …

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