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July 2016

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Tuna Focus 2016

Atlantic bluefin tuna research seeks to unlock the mysteries of the migrators by Walt Golet PORTLAND, ME –  So June 1 has come and gone, which means bluefin tuna season is here. While many of us are familiar with the migratory patterns of ...


CFN Shakedown Cruise: South Shore 38

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 marke...


Off Course - Jacalwa: Ready to work; ready to run

PORTLAND, ME – “I don’t care what else you write – I want to make sure Clark Island Boat Works gets credit for the job they did on this boat.  They worked their asses off.” I have a recording of my visit with lobsterman Marshall Spear a...


Wheel Watch - Stew Tuttle: turning the page on a new chapter

I’d told Stewart Tuttle to pick the spot where we could sit for a bit and talk about his retiring from the marine engine business (including his 18-year run with Milton Cat).  Byrnes Irish Pub in Bath, ME was Stew’s choice, but I wasn’t seeing...


In Gloucester, focusing on “Local Foods, Local Places”

GLOUCESTER, MA – Fishermen, fish processors, farmers, scientists, artists, educators, nutritionists, and health care workers met here with local, state, and federal representatives on Jun. 15-16 to develop new initiatives to sustain Gloucester’s ...


NOAA Navigator - July 2016

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Guest Column - Now that draft regional ocean plan is out...

Now that draft regional ocean plan is out, fishermen again encouraged to comment and help shape final document by Amy Trice and Anne Hawkins In Commercial Fisheries News May issue, the background, impending release, and need for fishermen to c...


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CFN Shakedown Cruise: South Shore 38

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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Off Course – Jacalwa: Ready to work; ready to run

PORTLAND, ME – “I don’t care what else you write – I want to make sure Clark Island Boat Works gets credit for the job they did on this boat.  They worked their asses off.” I have a recording of my visit with lobsterman Marshall Spear aboard his new 46’ Wesmac during which he says …

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Guest Column – Now that draft regional ocean plan is out…

Now that draft regional ocean plan is out, fishermen again encouraged to comment and help shape final document by Amy Trice and Anne Hawkins In Commercial Fisheries News May issue, the background, impending release, and need for fishermen to comment on the draft Northeast Regional Ocean Plan were discussed. The Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) is now accepting …

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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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