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February 2015


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New Boats of 2014 - Special Supplement

25 NEW BOATS of 2014 – sponsored by Furuno • DETAILS • SPECS • PHOTOS • COMMENTS • PLUS: Featured launching Sea Monster - Modified REPCO honors Pinkham's father Click cover to open Flip-book


LMR - Lobster industry settles into seasonal slowdown

The January, post-holiday lobster market was about weather, a whale-protection closure, and Canadian lobster. The US lobster market, all but stopped after the holidays, was in its usual January doldrums.  Bitterly cold weather and wind kept Maine...


Richard Stanley’s dream: wooden hulls, ‘glass tops

BASS HARBOR, ME – Cold – oh, wasn’t it cold.  Whatever the thermometer said was one thing; the wind screeching out of the northwest added its own twist.  You almost had to lean into it to make headway from the car to the door of Richard Stanl...


Maine Line - Mattie Lynn II: she’s a big girl

New 42 gets the XXL beam treatment Sometimes 15'3" just isn’t wide enough. Take Matt Huntley’s new 42 Osmond Mattie Lynn II, for instance.  H&H Marine of Steuben, ME offers the Osmond Beal-designed model with a standard beam of a little ...


Raised footropes cut sturgeon bycatch, retain stripers in VA’s gillnet fishery

POQUOSON, VA - Waterman George Trice has spent a good number of fishing days over the last 10 years involved with Atlantic sturgeon – first trying to catch them and now showing how not to catch them. Working alongside university and agency resea...


Assessing forage fish part of Mid-Atlantic’s move toward ecosystem management

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently tackled the first of five policy documents that ultimately will be used to develop a guidance document for moving forward with an “ecosystem approach to fisheries management ...


EDITORIAL - Boats, news, and more boats in this issue of CFN

Christmas may have come and gone, but that’s not stopping us from giving readers a little something extra in this issue. As the cover “teaser” promises, this issue marks the return of our popular Year of New Boats review. This special 12-...


SAFE BOAT - SMART BOAT — Inspection, maintenance: Follow a schedule

by Fred Mattera – It is the responsibility of the captain and crew to inspect and maintain all vessel systems constantly.  For me, a checklist was my means of tracking the maintenance schedule, so I’ve made one here to get you started. Sin...


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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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GMRI report: Plan for emerging fisheries in the Gulf of Maine

PORTLAND, ME – If fishery population centers keep trending northward due to warming water temperatures, and if quotas continue to be allocated based on historical landings, the summer flounder dilemma could extend to more stocks – Mid-Atlantic states having large quotas with low stock abundance and New England states having high stock abundance with low …

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