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Current Issue: April 2015


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New this time in CFN …

We just want to call your attention to two new features debuting in this issue of Commercial Fisheries News, along with the return of an old friend who has been missing from these pages for too long. Page 38 features our first CFN Truck of the Month ...


Maine’s 2014 lobster fishery breaks records again

Big landings, huge value, and improved boat price HALLOWELL, ME – While it may not have come as a surprise, the timely announcement of record-breaking Maine lobster landings and value for 2014 certainly provided the backdrop for a truly celebrat...


Busy summer of lobster boat racing ahead;  24 classes and up to 12 days of competition

ROCKPORT, ME – You’re going to want to pack a lunch if you’re heading out to take in one of the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association (MLBRA) races this summer. Participants at MLBRA’s pre-season spring meeting, held during the Maine Fishe...


Mid-Atlantic Council requests blueline tilefish emergency ruling

DOVER, DE – On Mar. 10, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council requested emergency rulemaking from the Secretary of Commerce under 305 (c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, to restrict commercial and recreational...


EDITORIAL – It’s not the error, it’s how you handle it

One look at this month’s cover and two thoughts quickly come to mind. Is that summer, really?  Will we ever see it again? And is that a woman we see working on deck in those oilskins? Yes it is.  And not just any woman. That is Shanno...


40th Annual Maine Fishermen's Forum: One for the books

It had all the makings of a great movie: you had the glory of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum celebrating its 40th anniversary mixed with the drama of worrying about what the weather might be. The Samoset Resort crew sent out an e-mail on Monday morn...


Product News – Grundéns developing specialty line of oilskins designed for women who fish commercially

POULSBO, WA – Grundéns, a leading producer of foul weather gear since 1926, has announced that it is developing a new line of oilskins for professional fishing women. These products will be made using Grundéns’ proven PVC materials and durab...


A February to remember: Maine lobsters and lobster scientist iced-in

For those readers who do not know, Diane Cowan, Phd, is the executive director of The Lobster Conservancy, and the author of the popular “Ask The Lobster Doc” column that appeared in Commercial Fisheries News for several years. Cowan made nati...


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FISH SAFE: A float plan and other documents to aid in event of search and rescue

We are always looking for ways to reduce fisherman risks and ensure efficient search and rescue operations. Here are some suggestions for actions that any captain and crew can take prior to leaving the dock that could make a significant difference in the timeliness of a rescue if later needed. First, the captain could provide …

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Maine’s 2014 lobster fishery breaks records again

Big landings, huge value, and improved boat price HALLOWELL, ME – While it may not have come as a surprise, the timely announcement of record-breaking Maine lobster landings and value for 2014 certainly provided the backdrop for a truly celebratory weekend at this year’s 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in early March. The …

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Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association charts new direction

SCARBOROUGH, ME – After nearly 30 years representing buyers, sellers, and processors of Maine lobster, the Maine Import/Export Lobster Dealers’ Association (MIELDA), has seen some major changes recently. Newly renamed as the Maine Lobster Dealer’s Association (MLDA), the organization has done everything from restructuring membership, to hiring its first executive director, to refocusing its mission. …

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GUEST COLUMN: Regulations have done little to boost depleted cod stocks; Maine’s lobster management approach offers clear direction

The following originally appeared as an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News (BDN) and is reprinted here by permission of the BDN. —Editor   Colonial America’s first true industry, groundfishing, has followed the path of many others. Technology improved as the industrial revolution took hold – it kept improving afterward – and a growing population …

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