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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wesmac “Super 46”

by Brian Robbins Welcome to the debut of a new CFN feature, 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 Engl...


Scoping sessions on squid fishery capacity favor no action now, further discussion on latent permits

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Recent Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council squid capacity scoping session played to small crowds but with a consistent reaction: no action was the preferred alternative by the commercial fishermen in attendance. The counc...


SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Time to grasp an understanding of new USCG safety requirements

In this month’s column, and a second installment to come in our next issue, I want to address the implementation of new requirements for commercial fishing vessels established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Coast Guard and Mar...


EDITORIAL: Barbs and bouquets – Some folks get it right, others have no clue

From the newly-established Commercial Fisheries News (CFN) “awards desk” this month, a couple of well-deserved bouquets. First, to Laura Orleans and the board of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Inc. (FHC). Orleans’ name may alread...


Product News - May 2015

Furuno offering rebate plan on radars, fish finders, chart plotter combo units CAMAS, WA – Just in time for spring fishing and outfitting, Furuno is offering fishermen a unique Spring Break Rebate offer this year. If picking up a new radar, ...


New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center announces summer programs; search for permanent home

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The story and history of New Bedford’s culturally rich and diverse fishing community is now being shared through the efforts of a newly established non-profit organization, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Inc. (FHC). ...


NOAA Fisheries Navigator - May 2015

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NEW BOAT - Black Pearl

 Builder: SW Boatworks, Lamoine, ME  Owner: Phil Black, Blue Hill, ME   Dimensions: 36’x13’9” Designer: Calvin Beal Jr., Beals Island, ME Fishery: Lobster Hull: Solid fiberglass Top: Molded unit; foam cored Power: QS...


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The 72’ NSL Discovery navigates through the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm turbines.  All together, the turbines have a maximum capacity to generate 300 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet the energy needs of 200,000 UK households, according to project developer Vattenfall.  (John Williamson photo)

England’s wind farm experience offers critical lessons for US fishing industry

(UPDATED) BROADSTAIRS, KENT – Looking out over the English Channel on a quiet night in March, the horizon is surprisingly ablaze with lights.  A local fisherman quips, “People ask us if that’s France.”   It’s not.  This illusion of a “city” of lights is the result of hundreds of enormous illuminated turbines in a string …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Time to grasp an understanding of new USCG safety requirements

In this month’s column, and a second installment to come in our next issue, I want to address the implementation of new requirements for commercial fishing vessels established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012. These acts made significant changes to Chapters 45 and …

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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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FISH SAFE: Getting safely back out on the water after a winter haul-out

In the February 2015 issue of CFN, Fred Mattera wrote a SAFE BOAT-SMART BOAT column on inspection and maintenance. Here is a follow-up article that reviews some steps for a smooth and safe return to a new season of fishing after being being hauled out over winter, or a simply after a period of vessel …

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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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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 national news recently when her struggles with being iced-in on a coastal island, and essentially …

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