Category Archives: 2014 summer issue

Summer 2014 Issue

Dear Readers, Here’s the long-awaited next edition of the sporadically published sportfishing industry online newsletter, Charter bLog. You’ll see that again it is somewhat weighted toward the interests of the halibut charter fleet, but most of you will find something … Continue reading

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Every Halibut Counts

Charter boat crewmembers and sport fishermen are taking a new look at the way they handle halibut this season as result of a voluntary program known as “Every Halibut Counts.” Surveys show that about half of the halibut caught by … Continue reading

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Bycatch Limits

NOAA is implementing plans to reduce bycatch of halibut in the commercial fisheries for other groundfish species in the Gulf of Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has recommended reductions in halibut bycatch limits, and the action is being … Continue reading

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Life Jacket Changes

Changes are coming to the way the Coast Guard labels life jackets, more properly known as personal flotation devices (PFDs). As reported in a recent issue of NASBLA Currents, a journal of the National Association of Boating Law Administrators, the … Continue reading

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Passenger Injury Prevention

It’s widely recognized that most passenger injuries aboard charter boats and other passenger vessels are of the “slip, trip, and fall” type. Many passengers are unsteady on a moving deck and are in an unfamiliar environment, and many are handicapped … Continue reading

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Recreational Fishing Policy

NOAA has initiated development of a national recreational fishing policy. NOAA’s administrator for fisheries, Eileen Sobeck, told a gathering of 100 recreational fishing leaders in Alexandria, VA, that the agency “will actively engage the recreational-fishing community” and will “do our … Continue reading

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Towing for Money

If you find yourself helping a fellow mariner by towing in a disabled boat, and decide to make a little extra cash by demanding payment or asking for “gas money,” you may want to see what the Boat Owners Association … Continue reading

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