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Maine Fishermen’s Forum celebrates 40 years

ROCKPORT, ME – The Maine Fishermen’s Forum (MFF) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a jam-packed three days scheduled at the Samoset Resort from Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7. A highlight of this year’s bigger-than-...


Editorial - 40 years of ME Fishermen’s Forums: Why so special?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and Trade Show, a notable milestone worthy of celebration, recognition, and a few moments of personal reflection. I haven’t been at all 40 forums – though I know several of ...


Andrew Gove: 85 and counting; 78 of ‘em lobstering

STONINGTON, ME – The crew in the machine shop at Billings Diesel & Marine is doing its thing, prepping the 36' Northern Bay that sits on the floor to receive her new engine.  Surprisingly, the 36-footer’s new D13 Volvo – a 13-liter inline ...


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 Deal...


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative - Job One: Building our brand; securing our price

PORTLAND, ME – Lobster fishermen, you should know that the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) is working hard for your industry, our industry. We remember every day that we exist because of the fees lobster license holders pay.  We re...


Fairhaven Shipyard further establishes boatbuilding presence with delivery of new scalloper C.B. Keane

FAIRHAVEN, MA – While southern shipyards continue to be a major force in new vessel construction for the New Bedford fleet, the recent completion of the scalloper C.B. Keane by Fairhaven Shipyard Companies makes one point clear. [caption id="att...


Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl results: Collaborative research and a good 15-year baseline

ALEXANDRIA, VA – During an update on the 2014 Maine-New Hampshire (MENH) inshore trawl survey to the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP) board at the recent Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) winter meeting he...


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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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Lobstermen still able to fish traps in groundfish closed areas

NEWPORT, RI – New and very severe measures to protect Gulf of Maine cod under Framework Adjustment 53 to the groundfish plan will not apply to lobstermen, who may continue to set and haul traps in groundfish closed areas. However, the issue of cod bycatch in lobster gear and the question of whether or not …

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FISH-SAFE: What do Coast Guard casualty stats tell us?

The Coast Guard First District maintains a database of incidents to which it has responded.  As of Oct. 7, there were fewer commercial fishing casualties to date in 2014 than in any of the last five years – 176.  That compares to the prior five years for this date when the totals have ranged from …

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EDITORIAL – Science must acknowledge climate change effects

Populations of many fish species – summer flounder, butterfish, squid, black sea bass, cod, and bluefin tuna to name a few – are clearly being impacted by changing ocean water temperatures.  The challenge now is to realign fisheries stock assessment science and fisheries management protocols to acknowledge this new reality. Climate-related changes in migration, abundance, …

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