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September 2015

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Editorial: Find a solution now for at-sea monitoring cost

The Northeast groundfish industry – what is left of it – and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are at an impasse over future funding of the at-sea monitoring program (ASM). NMFS is saying it is time to shift the cost burden to ...


Real fishermen who help shape the process: This issue, meet Mark Phillips of Greenport, NY

GREENPORT, NY – Over the years, Mark Phillips has fished and held permits in most fisheries and gear types, including: weir, trawl, dragger, and dredge. Profile: Captain Mark Phillips...


Wheel Watch: Matt Finn - a Stanley Greenwood fan from way back

Matt Finn of Marblehead, MA knows his lobster boats – and he loves them, as well.  Over the years, the 48-year-old Finn has owned 18 lobster boats (that’s not a typo: 18).   And he’s not just an appreciator of boats – the guy is a heck...


Ask the Lobster Doc: A year in the life of a lobster (Part 1) – Lobsters in autumn

Over the last 23 years, The Lobster Conservancy and I have gathered data recording what lobsters are doing throughout the year using various methods, including: •  Collecting data on locations and hourly temperatures directly recorded by eggers...


New Bedford gears up to host its annual Working Waterfront Festival, Sept. 26-27

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The nation’s Number One fishing port hosts its annual Working Waterfront Festival – a free, family-friendly celebration of commercial fishing culture – once again this year on the working piers of New Bedford’s historic ...


FISH SAFE: The heart of the matter - AEDs on the waterfront

Since taking my CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation-automated external defibrillator) certification in July, I have tried to be aware of where AEDs/defibrillators are located. The intention to look for them has to be “trained-in” as the...


Reflections from the other side of a cod crisis on “The Rock”

A few weeks ago, I traveled with a film crew from New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) to Newfoundland. While there, we visited with scientists and fishermen to see what we could learn about their experiences since the 1992 Cod Moratorium. ...


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Ask the Lobster Doc: A year in the life of a lobster (Part 1) – Lobsters in autumn

Over the last 23 years, The Lobster Conservancy and I have gathered data recording what lobsters are doing throughout the year using various methods, including: •  Collecting data on locations and hourly temperatures directly recorded by eggers tagged in Friendship, ME who traveled as far as Cape Cod, MA; •  Taking repeated monthly census of …

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Know what you are looking for.  These watertight boxes found on a number of Maine wharves can safe a life – your’s or a fellow fisherman’s. (Ann Backus photo )

FISH SAFE: The heart of the matter – AEDs on the waterfront

Since taking my CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation-automated external defibrillator) certification in July, I have tried to be aware of where AEDs/defibrillators are located. The intention to look for them has to be “trained-in” as they are not as readily available or as obvious as fire extinguishers. Yet should you need one, knowing its whereabouts could save …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Sherrie Marie

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 information …

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WHEEL WATCH: Lori’O – J.O. Brown rebuilds a wooden classic

If you’re a longtime Commercial Fisheries News reader, you may remember it: a double-page ad featuring the late Wesley Lash of Lash Brothers in Friendship, ME.  Wes had just repowered Massachusetts lobsterman Billy Bartlett’s 45’ wooden Rebecca & Heather with a 6140 Lugger.  And when asked what he thought of the big-displacement Lugger, the always-quotable …

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A qualified Coast Guard-approved marine drill instructor, Fred Mattera of Point Judith, RI is the owner/president of North East Safety Training Co. (NESTCo), which conducts fishing vessel drills and inspections and basic safety training workshops.

SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Keeping single-handed fishing safe and smart

Less than two weeks ago, a good friend that’s an inshore lobsterman called me and said “I don’t seem to be able to find or keep a crewman, so I’m going single-handed.  What would you recommend for safety equipment?” I recommended a Mustang Elite auto-inflate lightweight PFD and a PLB (Personal Location Beacon) with built-in …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: FV-Tuna.com

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 information our readers can …

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