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Landmark Lutcavage-led study shows western Atlantic bluefin mature earlier than assumed

In 2011, when the LPRC moved into its home at the Marine Research Station in Gloucester, Director Molly Lutcavage said of the facility’s huge walk-in freezer, “Guts and gonads.  Stomac...


EDITORIAL – A heartfelt thank you for your support of CFN

As the year draws to a close, it seems natural to take time to consider what we’ve accomplished, the challenges on the horizon, and the people who have helped us rise above life’s difficulties to become the best we can be. And that’s what we...


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 c...


New ‘cod protection’ closures may give fleet access to other groundfish in April

NEWPORT, RI – It’s far from a done deal, but if the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approves the New England Fishery Management Council’s newly developed set of “Gulf of Maine Cod Protection Closures” as part ...


The hard reality: GOM cod ACL may be too low for some sectors to survive

NEWPORT, RI – On Nov. 18, the New England Fishery Management Council approved a 386-metric-ton (mt) acceptable biological catch (ABC) for Gulf of Maine cod for 2015 – a figure so low that many fear it may irreversibly cripple at least part of the...


Col. Joe Fessenden to retire after 40 years with Maine Marine Patrol

HALLOWELL, ME – Col. Joe Fessenden, chief of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Bureau of Marine Patrol, will be stepping down from his top-command post on Jan. 9, making way for Maj. Jon Cornish, the bureau’s ...


LMR – Lobster industry deals with weather, holidays

The December lobster market was all about finding the odd relatively calm day when boats could get out to haul.  When they did, most did well, whether in Canada or New England. But with the year-end holidays fast approaching, and, with them, cons...


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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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