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June 2016

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CME Announces 2017 Show Plans

Commercial Marine Expo announces plans to return to New Bedford, Apr. 26-27, 2017 NEW BEDFORD, MA – Building on the success of this year’s Commercial Maine Expo (CME), held on the State Pier here Apr. 27-28, show organizers have already announce...


Jonah crabs: Managing an emerging fishery

Rock crab (cancer irroratus) left, and Jonah crab (cancer borealis), right. The two species can be distinguished in a few ways. First, rock crab have purplish-brown spots on the carapace, ...


Industry-based Gulf of Maine cod survey now in progress

GLOUCESTER, MA – Using  a portion of the federal Groundfish Disaster Relief funds for Massachusetts, the MA Div. of Marine Fisheries (DMF) initiated a three-year Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod industry-based survey (IBS) in April to better inform mana...


William Faulkingham: an MVP of Downeast boat building

by Brian Robbins BEALS ISLAND, ME – Maybe you recognize the name or the face; maybe you don’t. But chances are, if you’ve been around the boat shops of Beals Island and Jonesport, ME during the last several decades, you’ve crossed paths...


Is annual lobster settlement index predictor of more declines in landings in eastern Maine, Bay of Fundy?

The following is this year’s “Update 2015 to the American Lobster Settlement Index,” prepared and presented here by Rick Wahle and his colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darli...


Cape Fish – two anniversaries and a prodigal son returns

Any small business could learn a thing or two from Cape Fishermen’s Supply in Chatham, MA.  For instance … 1. Work hard; be honest; have fun. Cape Fish has been doing just that for 40 years, since original owner Billy Nichols and his wife N...


CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wayne Beal 46

BEALS ISLAND, ME – The thing is, Nathan Barrett’s Wayne Beal 46 Catch ‘Em All doesn’t look that big from a distance. The day we were going to meet up to talk and get some running shots on Moosabec Reach, Nate had brought his new 46 into ...


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William Faulkingham: an MVP of Downeast boat building

by Brian Robbins BEALS ISLAND, ME – Maybe you recognize the name or the face; maybe you don’t. But chances are, if you’ve been around the boat shops of Beals Island and Jonesport, ME during the last several decades, you’ve crossed paths with William Faulkingham … whether you knew it or not. Remember the movie …

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The following is this year’s “Update 2015 to the American Lobster Settlement Index,” prepared and presented here by Rick Wahle and his colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darling Center. Our thanks to Dr. Wahle and his team for sharing this important information once again this year with our readers.
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Is annual lobster settlement index predictor of more declines in landings in eastern Maine, Bay of Fundy?

WALPOLE, ME – The question on everyone’s mind in the lobster industry is: How long will this boom last? As 2015’s lobster landings are still being tallied, it’s shaping up to be another all-time record for the US and Canada. That is, in dollar value. But for Maine, the state dominating US landings, volume has …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wayne Beal 46

BEALS ISLAND, ME – The thing is, Nathan Barrett’s Wayne Beal 46 Catch ‘Em All doesn’t look that big from a distance. The day we were going to meet up to talk and get some running shots on Moosabec Reach, Nate had brought his new 46 into the landing over in Alleys Bay and was …

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New scalloper Monomoy joins New Bedford fleet; big boat nearly ready for her maiden fishing trip

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Monomoy – a 100’ Florida-built steel scalloper – is the latest vessel to join the big Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara fleet of scallopers based here. Built on a standardized John W. Gilbert Associates design that has served the companies well, Monomoy arrived in New Bedford in February, after an October 2015 launch, and …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Mitchell Cove 35

by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial market.  What we hope to do is provide insight and …

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Northeast Ocean Plan to be released in May: Comments welcomed, participation encouraged

In mid-May, an important New England ocean planning document will be released.  Fishermen in the Northeast should take advantage of the 60-day public comment period that will follow. The Northeast Ocean Plan is a regionally developed blueprint that coordinates the activities of state and federal agencies responsible for New England ocean resources and involves local …

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