One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, from the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, LEVIATHAN is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast—the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick—the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, LEVIATHAN is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.
Director:Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
The biggest commercial fishingtrade show starts today in Seattle. Here are a few hot items to keep an eye out for on the show floor. This year, LEDs are constantly evolving with greater lumens that require only minimal energy. These little lights are like stocking stuffers for fishermen! Another popular marine technology is AIS, which helps broadcast and transmit your vessel location to other marine traffic. AIS units are a commonplace in large vessels, and it’s likely that all commercial fishing vessels will have these units in the future. So, it’s a great time to explore different AIS units and see what is best for your boat. Another gadget that was just appearing last year, was the personal AIS unit for man overboard rescues. These units can be attached to survival suits and broadcast MOB signal that surrounding vessels can see. The Kannad Marine Safelink is the first of its kind to offer individual AIS rescue solutions. Last, but not least, is FLIR. That’s right! Foward Looking Infared Radar. These devices offer the best night vision possible on a fishing vessel. You really need to play with one of these, to see if it will work for your operation. On long dark wheel watches, this technology could be a real lifesaver. There is plenty more to see! Besides, we know it’s about the people, not the gadgets! Enjoy The show!
Jason Crosby, a multi-generational fisherman and a mini media mogul has just released the newest video in his Youtube quiver. He recently broke 1,000,000 hits on his youtube channel for the series, American Fishermen. Here’s a link to his popular youtube page. Make sure to check out his various videos from multiple fisheries. Red War (jump) is a must see about Halibut fishing. Bloody Hell, describes it best. If that’s not enough, be sure to check out Jason and his family as they restore a classic fishing vessel,the F/VGenius in Gig Harbor. Old boats can be a real headache and a huge expense. Check in with Jason and crew at his GoFundMe page. So, set back and enjoy the video.
After a bit of a winter break, fishing vessels are about to enter the waters of southeast Alaska again. The tanner and golden king crab fisheries are usually the start the the year for many fishermen. So, good luck to all the guys out there! I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh king crab
I doubt that any commercial fishing vessel would rely on simply an ipad to navigate the boat. However, it looks like the iPad could be useful on the vessel for something else than just streaming video. With AIS, GPS, and Wifi, you can easily turn that tech toy into a piece of hardened marine equipment. I highly suggest the Lifeproof iPhone or Ipad case before you decide to bring the iDevice to the fishing grounds. There are a number of different navigation apps for the iPad and iNavX rises to the top with easy chart downloads, AIS compatibility, and easy waypoint execution. The key here is the ability to download raster charts, the ones that look just like the old paper ones, directly to the iDevice as needed. The app will recognize your position and recommend charts in that area. Once the charts are downloaded, you can use the app offline. There are other apps for marine navigation, such as, Navionics and Navimatics. These apps sell for much cheaper, but you are stuck with proprietary charts that only work in that program. iNavX is a whopping 50 bucks on the app store and its a great purchase. You won’t need any other marine app on your boat, though. If you are a Mac guy, there is iNavX laptop software for Mac OSX.
A lot has happened in the world of commercial fishing within the past year. Halibut has dominated the recent headlines with serious implications of a failed fishery. Whereas, commercial salmon fishing has garnered some of the highest prices and catch returns in years. The commercial fishing industry seems to be plagued with more than is fair share of highs and lows. So, hunker down and we will go over some of last years biggest headlines in what some call the “Deadliest Business.”
Salmon dominated the news this year with recent hints of a virus blooming in wild pacific salmon population and a geneticly designed Frankenfish that would solve all of our salmon farming issues. Also record harvests In southeast and Chignik supplied plenty of headlines too. Of course, news of an impending industrial mine in the heart of Alaska‘s sockeye country was met with fierce opposition throughout the year.
Commercial squid fishing in California has seen a huge uptake in value within the last two seasons. In the past, the fishery could take up to six months to catch the quota of 180,000 tons. Last year they were done by Christmas. This year the boys were done by turkey day.
Bering SeaKing crab quotas were heavily cut this year, but record high prices and a quick season were great for consumers and producers. Southeast Alaskaeven got a chance at king crab this past October. Six years had passed since the last crab opener in the region, so locals were eager to cash in the on record prices.
Sitka Herring was seriously impacted by the Japanese tsunami this spring. Right before the herring started showing, the tsunami devastated most of the Japanese seafood market, including the buyers. The tragedy resulted in a huge drop in the ex vessel price of herring. In 2010, herring were 410 dollars a ton. This spring we were only able to get 100 dollars a ton.
The next segment will include halibut, pollock, and even some dive fisheries. Feel free to add some suggestions or point me to stories that I may have overlookd