Category: 2015

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NOAA Navigator – November 2015

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Holland 41

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 …

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WOMEN IN THE FISHERIES: Beth Casoni’s got her hand on the helm at MassLA

SCITUATE, MA – She’s quick with a smile when she greets you, but Beth Casoni is one tough cookie when she needs to be – which she often does in her role as executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association.  Beth set aside a few minutes in her busy schedule recently for a conversation at …

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Editorial: Shut down marine monument in NE now

There are bad ideas. There are very bad ideas. And then there’s this. A current proposal to potentially create a marine national monument off the coast of New England is, in our view, one of the worst ideas ever. Environmental groups proposed the monument in early September, urging President Barack Obama to use the Antiquities …

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Real people who help shape the process: This issue, meet Lori Steele, NEFMC staffer

NEWBURYPORT, MA – After 18 years as a staffer for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), Lori Steele is moving to the other side of the country – and the other side of the table. Steele will be leaving the council in early October to take over the helm at the Portland, OR-based West …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Don’t delay – It’s time for you to get familiar with the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature on your VHF

If you have purchased a new VHF radio in the last three or four years it is likely that you have a red tab, and red button under the tab, that will relay a distress signal to the Coast Guard.  This activates the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) feature on your VHF. The problem is, in …

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$8.8 million in S-K grants awarded to projects throughout the region

WASHINGTON, DC – On Sept. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finalized $8.8 million in Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) grants to fund 33 research projects in the Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office (GARFO) as part of $25.1 million in grants approved nationwide. The 1954 Saltonstall-Kennedy Act was authored by US Senators Leverett Saltsonstall and John …

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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 fishing vessel owners.  Fishermen, and many friends and supporters of the industry, …

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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. Like many long-time fishermen, Phillips came into the profession through his family by lobstering with his uncle starting at age eight. Once he graduated high school, he forfeited going to …

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