Category Archive: March ’18

Maine Fishermen’s Forum:  An annual ritual for many; CFN too

Yep, no doubt about it.  It’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum time again.  Though the weather is likely to be snotty – it usually is – forum time means spring is just around the corner. Boats that were hauled for the winter will go back overboard.  Dooryards will empty of their stacks of traps.  And whoa Nelly, …

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Maine Fishermen’s Forum promises more than ever

ROCKPORT, ME – The Maine Fishermen’s Forum (MFF) turns 43 years old this March, promising a full roster of events (see page 44) at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine from Thursday, Mar. 1 through Saturday, Mar. 3. Regardless of which area of the commercial fishing industry happens to be your focus, few people attend …

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SW Boatworks: A full stable of Beals Island designs

By Brian Robbins LAMOINE, ME – The year was 2008. The economy was soft. Lobster prices were down. It seemed that the last thing anybody was thinking about was having a new boat built. So what did Stewart Workman, owner of SW Boatworks (who up to that point had been a custom finisher of other …

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Tselikis departs Maine Coast, to head-up ME Lobster Dealers Association full time

YORK, ME – Maine Coast, a live lobster wholesaler headquartered here, announced recently that Annie Tselikis – the company’s marketing manager – left at the end of January to become the full time executive director of the Maine Lobster Dealers Association (MLDA). During her two-year tenure at Maine Coast, Tselikis was concurrently working part time …

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Five years in, results show Maine lobster marketing efforts succeeding, as program nears vote for continued funding

A progress report from the executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative by Matt Jacobson PORTLAND, ME – As many of you know, in 2012, the Maine legislature took action creating the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. In the authorizing statue, the legislature gave the following direction, “the collaborative is created to promote and market Maine …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Wesmac 50

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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Ask the Lobster Doc: Ocean warming in a sea of change

Weather and climate.  Data and models.  Theory, fact, hypothesis, consensus? It’s easy to feel uneasy. It’s easy to get confused. What is ocean warming, where does it fit into the realm of climate science, and what’s the lobster industry to do? Perhaps the best way to start making sense of rapid climate change is to …

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ASMFC Lobster Board approves increased harvester reporting

ARLINGTON, VA – At its Feb. 6-8 Winter Meeting, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board approved major changes to the types and kinds of harvest reporting required under the combined Addendum XXVI to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan and Addendum III to the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan. The …

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New England council program review ready for panel

BOSTON, MA – On Mar. 13-16, a six-member panel will convene here to review the New England Fishery Management Council’s management processes and operations. Three fisheries managers and three fisheries scientists will evaluate how the council is performing and offer recommendations.  What the council hopes to get from the review are ways to build on …

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New GARFO chief Michael Pentony takes the reins

GLOUCESTER, MA – The first thing that strikes you when talking to Michael Pentony is the depth of his knowledge of fisheries management – not that it should come as any surprise.  As the new regional administrator at NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) – one of the nation’s five regional fisheries leaders …

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