Press release PDF available here. Monterey Bay – California’s commercial fishing industry is adopting a suite of emergency actions to minimize the possibility of whale interactions with Dungeness crab gear, including voluntarily standing down from productive crab grounds around the Monterey Submarine Canyon to avoid high concentrations of whales feeding in the area. Crabbers are … Continue reading Crabbers Take Lead to Address Whale Entanglements
The California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group has issued a best practices guide for Dungeness crab fishermen concerned about marine mammal interactions with fishing gear. Click here to view or download a copy of the guide.
Click here to download a PDF of this article. Whose Ocean? By Zeke Grader For thousands of years fishermen have plied the world’s ocean. On the waters covering most of the earth’s surface they have engaged in their trade longer than any other human occupation, it is said, save prostitution. Yet in all this millennia, … Continue reading Fishermen’s News August 2014
Click here to download a PDF of this article. Fishing: It’s More Than Just Catching Fish By Captain Chuck Cappotto Forty years ago when I first became involved in commercial fishing, I thought fishing was the easy part and catching was the tough part. Now a days, just being able to get on the water … Continue reading Fishermen’s News September 2014
Click here to download a PDF of this article. Independence Requires Organization By Zeke Grader For many years the masthead of Fishermen’s News read “The Advocate for the Independent Fisherman.” While that has changed now to “The Advocate for the Commercial Fisherman,” the notion of the independent fisherman, self-reliant and answerable only to the forces … Continue reading Fishermen’s News October 2014
Click here to download a PDF of this article. Are Fishing Communities Destined to Become Company Towns? By Zeke Grader, Dave Bitts, Glen Spain We’ve heard it all before, in one variation or another: “They’re trying to steal our fish,” or “They just want to put us out of business.” “They” might mean government or … Continue reading Fishermen’s News November 2014