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PFMC Considers Steps to End Bycatch of Marine Animals in Swordfish Fishery
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PFMC Considers Steps to End Bycatch of Marine Animals in Swordfish Fishery

Concerns over substantial bycatch of marine mammals and sea turtles in gear used in California’s drift gillnet swordfish fishery have the Pacific Fishery Management Council working anew toward 100% observer coverage for that fishery. The PFMC is set to adopt a range of alternatives and preliminary preferred alternatives as appropriate on Thursday, Nov. 18, to limit and monitor bycatch during the swordfish harvest. A new analysis released on Nov. 15 by the conservation entity Oceana found that participants in California’s drift gillnet swordfish fishery are severely underreporting its catch of marine mammals and sea turtles, including injury and death from entanglement in fishing gear as required by law. In September of 2018, California enacted state legislation to phase out us...
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To: The Alaskan Commercial Fishing Fleets

By Matt Alward, President, United Fishermen of Alaska Our industry and communities are facing an unprecedented challenge in the COVID-19 pandemic. With the 2020 salmon season nearly here, we must all take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our crews, and the communities we work within. Fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic will not be “business as usual,” and we must all commit to a high standard of caution and personal responsibility. Recently, the State of Alaska made major progress in that regard by announcing Health Mandate 17, which implements protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels as well as requiring operators to sign an Agreement Form (Appendix 02). This mandate is based on extensive input from medical professionals and commercial fish...
49-foot Crabber Fits the Bill for Crescent City Fisherman
Captain Dave, From the Fleet, News

49-foot Crabber Fits the Bill for Crescent City Fisherman

ROBERT WAKEFIELD BEGAN FISHING OUT OF CRESCENT CITY ON THE northern California coast in 1977 and soon decided he wanted a boat of his own. By 1979, he had become the owner of a small wooden boat, and has worked his way through several more over the last 40 years. His son Troy started fishing with him in 2007, and went full time in 2009. Since then, they’ve fished primarily for Dungeness crab and prawn and trolled for salmon on an older wooden trawler. Robert still appreciates the lines of a traditional design, but he has done his fair share of maintenance and repairs on wooden hulls and was ready to upgrade to a new fiberglass boat for the rest of his career. He was looking for a good-looking combo hull with a bit more beam, a lot more capacity, a modern pilothouse and cabin, ...