Category Archive: October ’16

A much needed revolution in fishery stock assessment

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury is about to turn the world of fishery stock surveys on its head. Fishermen have long maintained the NMFS stock assessment for Atlantic cod is out of touch with reality.  Commercial boats fishing for healthy stocks such as pollock and haddock are finding codfish so plentiful they can’t keep them out of …

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Wheel-Watch: Rest in peace, Bigger Dirls

 The loft of 56-year-old Jonesport lobsterman Stevie Carver’s house is chock full of happy memories and good vibes. The walls and ceilings are adorned with treasures – each with their own story: old oars; buoys; a gaft here; running lights there … and so many pictures – from faded black and whites (soul makes up …

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Therese Sauvageau: Half a century a lobsterwoman

A conversation with Therese Sauvageau, lobsterwoman of Beverly, MA, and delegate to the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) board of directors, on her fifty years of lobstering. –Editor   BEVERLY, MA – “Everything was just simpler then,” says Therese Sauvageau, who started her career as a ten-year-old hanging out at the docks. “And less expensive, too.  …

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Linda Greenlaw welcomed back to Gloucester…

…addresses annual fishermen’s memorial service   GLOUCESTER, MA – Capt. Linda Greenlaw, the celebrated fisherman and author – and a valued friend of this city by the sea – delivered the keynote address during Gloucester’s 20th Annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service. Several hundred fishing families and friends gathered on a late August afternoon at Gloucester’s historic …

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Safe Boat – Smart Boat

Crew safety orientation vital for all fishing vessel operators   Obviously, all vessels should be equipped with features to ensure the safety of the crew.  But crewmen should also be aware of these features and knowledgeable about their use.  And that can’t be assumed; it must be taught and practiced. All fish vessel captains and …

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Ask the Lobster Doc: Part 4 – Lobsters in summer

A year in the life of a lobster: Part 4 – Lobsters in summer   Summer is the easiest time to study lobster behavior. So I suppose that’s why summer is the only season in which I’ve been an eyewitness to similar lobster antics in myriad settings – including the laboratory, and in the intertidal, …

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New study: Chain sweep catches more flounder

WOODS HOLE, MA – This past summer, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center undertook a second experimental trawl study to test the efficiency of the research vessel Henry Bigelow’s flatfish catch, this time focused on witch flounder. The two-week study compared a trawl net rigged with a modified chain sweep gear with that of a …

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