Category: 2015

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

[metaslider id=5779] 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 of Framework Adjustment 53 to the groundfish plan, sector fishermen may have access to inshore areas during …

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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 commercial groundfish fleet. The ABC was part of Framework Adjustment 53 …

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

[metaslider id=5794] 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 current deputy chief, to take over in a smooth transition that has been over a …

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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, consumers, both domestic and overseas, with healthy appetites for lobsters, the number of …

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Insert to the January 2015 Commercial Fisheries News (Click Page to Download)

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. Since I no longer have a vessel to walk through and refresh my …

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