From the Editor: BC Fisheries in Flux

Inside the February 2023 issue of Fishermen’s News, you’ll find an excellent article on the status of the British Columbia fishing industry. In the article, reporter Norris Comer states that “A myriad of challenges face B.C. fisheries, with the threatened Pacific salmon stocks taking center stage.” But in addition to the article in this issue, […]

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TowBoatUS awards honors at New Orleans conference

During the annual BoatUS Towing Conference in New Orleans, La., the organization recognized its affiliates and its captains. TowBoatUS Long Beach was awarded Tower of the Year, and five captains serving locations in Key Largo, Fla.; Provincetown, Mass.; Cleveland, Ohio; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Old Saybrook, Conn. were honored for their lifesaving actions. Owned by […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Pacific Fishermen Shipyard’s Dixon Honored for Support of North Pacific Fishing Industry

Doug Dixon receiving the Norwegian Commercial Club’s King Neptune award in December. Photo: Norwegian Commercial Club. John Douglas “Doug” Dixon, the general manager of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Seattle, has been honored by the Norwegian Commercial Club for his life-long contributions to the North Pacific fishing industry with the King Neptune award. The King Neptune […]

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Boat Insurance for Older Boats

Can you insure a 30-year-old boat? The answer is yes, but it’s a pain. Here are tips on how to minimize that. Insurance: Can You Get It? Can you insure a 30-year-old boat? The answer is yes, but it’s a pain. Here are tips on how to minimize that. Maybe some of you read last […]

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Coast Guard Stops Illegal Fishing Near Texas

The Coast Guard recently stopped five lanchas with 22 Mexican fishermen engaged in illegal fishing near Texas. Courtesy US Coast Guard The Coast Guard recently detained 22 Mexican citizens for allegedly poaching nearly 600 pounds of red snapper and sharks near the Texas coast. Boat crews, air crews and the Cutter Jacob Poroo caught the […]

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So Others May Live

Reflections from a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Portraits by Keith Carlsen After a Long, Wild Ride, Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Shannon Scaff Ponders a Storied Career and Plots His Next Big Mission. On January 25, 2000, the conditions off Elizabeth City, North Carolina were simply terrible. A cold-front-spawned low off Florida had inhaled a plume […]

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Safe Boating: Understanding Right of Way

Many outdoor enthusiasts associate boating with fun in the sun, and rightfully so, but it should never be forgotten that safety must always remain the utmost priority. Safety measures taken by responsible boaters include possession of up-to-date safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard, refusal of drugs and alcohol, avoidance of shallow depths […]

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On Michigan’s Sunrise Side, Cheboygan Shines

Photo Courtesy of Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce Discover the surprising small city at the Eastern edge of the Straits of Mackinac. By Kath Usitalo Visitors are waking up to the charm of Cheboygan, located at the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along the US 23 Heritage Route. The area where the Cheboygan River meets Lake […]

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What the Coast Guard Wants You to Know

Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Shannon Scaff’s simple, experience-based lessons on how to not end up in a rescue basket—or dead. Tough Love Distinguished Flying Cross recipient Shannon Scaff’s simple, experience-based lessons on how to not end up in a rescue basket—or dead. I first met Shannon Scaff during research for my 2021 book called The […]

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Discover Puerto Rico

Warm Up to Puerto Rico The island is a U.S. territory and a gateway to the Caribbean. It’s amazing how little most U.S. mainlanders really know about Puerto Rico. Sure, plenty have flown to the island or even taken cruise ships to San Juan, the capital of this United States territory, but I’m not convinced […]

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Weather Ends Final Day Of OPA Englewood Beach Worlds

<!– Racing: Weather Ends Final Day Of OPA Englewood Beach Worlds –> Never let it be said that Mother Nature lacks a dark side. After serving up a chamber of commerce forecast for the Saturday rounds of competition at the Offshore Powerboat Association’s world championships in Englewood Beach, Fla., she had other plans yesterday. Though […]

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Conversation with a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer

After a long, wild ride, U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Shannon Scaff relives a storied career, plots his next mission and shares his watery wisdom. After a long, wild ride, U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Shannon Scaff relives a storied career, plots his next mission and shares his watery wisdom. Listen in the player below: […]

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