Category Archive: 2017

There & Back III: Benny, Tommy & the Donna Marie

by Brian Robbins  JONESPORT, ME – We’ve written about a lot of boats in Commercial Fisheries News over the years: small boats; big boats; real big boats. Wooden boats; fiberglass boats; steel boats. New boats hitting the water and ready to begin their working careers; older classics that have been refurbished, rebuilt, and ready to …

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NEFMC scopes groundfish monitoring amendment

NEWBURYPORT, MA – In March, the New England Fishery Management Council completed a series of scoping meetings for Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan. The council initiated the draft amendment last fall to address concerns with reliability and accountability of the groundfish monitoring program. The action follows Framework 55, which clarified …

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2017-2018 scallop quota RSA projects awarded

GLOUCESTER, MA – This year’s sea scallop fisheries research program (announced in March) will fund an estimated $15.32 million in projects – from 1.27 million pounds of sea scallop research set-aside (RSA) quota based on $12 per pound. NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) awarded RSA quota to 17 projects for the 2017-2018 fishing year.  …

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New trawl design effective in avoiding cod while targeting flatfish

PORTLAND, ME  – In the summer of 2016, a new trawl was tested in the Gulf of Maine that promises to substantially reduce the capture of cod without loss of flatfish and other valuable species close to the seabed. Called an Ultra-low Opening Trawl, or ULOT, this modified flatfish trawl is designed specifically to allow …

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Taking a close-up look at the work of CFRF’s research fleets

  KINGSTON, RI – Four years ago, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) launched its On-Deck Data Pilot Project to collect critically needed biological data – first, on American lobster, and then on the emerging Jonah crab fishery. Between 2013 and 2015, a dozen vessels collected and recorded size, sex, and reproductive structure on lobsters …

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FISH SAFE – Helping Maine’s future fishermen hit the deck running

Maine young people living on the coast – many with parents who are active fishermen – are excited to be out on the water, following in their parent’s footsteps, having their own boats, traps, and income. I talked with a number of them recently at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport. As signs of spring …

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Maine’s 2016 commercial marine resources top $700 million for the first time; lobster landings exceed 130 million pounds

AUGUSTA, ME – Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources topped $700 million in overall value in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources (DMR). The total reflects yet another all-time high and an increase of nearly $100 million in value over 2015. “Mainers should take great pride in the success of …

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Deep-sea corals amendment readied for council;

Workshop participants seek to mitigate impacts to fishing in the areas NEWBURYPORT, MA – At its Apr. 18-20 meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council will select preferred alternatives for the draft Omnibus Deep-Sea Corals Amendment. Initiated in 2010, the amendment seeks to protect various types of deep-sea corals found on the continental slope, 20 canyons …

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Danny Staples: a good man puts up a good fight

CUSHING, ME – “I grew up in Rockland, but I spent my summers out on Metinic Island until I was 10.  My father lobstered off there; he did that for years.  I remember going in his workshop and finding a long lath and putting a point on it – like the bow of a boat.  …

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WHEEL WATCH: Moises Ortiz – Puerto Rican roots; Downeast heart

Michael Hunt’s 46’ Gavin & Dawson – our cover boat this month – is a pretty elaborate and well laid-out boat.  When Mike tells me that it took about 7-1/2 months to build it, I’m not shocked; but when I realize that finisher Moises Ortiz worked by himself for much of the project, I am …

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