Category Archive: Business News

A visit with New England Marine Engineering’s Paul Nosworthy 

I was a good hour into my conversation with New England Marine Engineering (NEME) founder/owner Paul Nosworthy when I realized something: We hadn’t even reached the point in the story when NEME comes into the picture (1979). In fact, we hadn’t talked much about freezers or icemakers; we hadn’t gotten into heating or cooling systems; we …

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Wayne Hamilton: “Believe in what you’re doing”

by Brian Robbins SEARSPORT, ME – There are two really good reasons to include a feature on Wayne Hamilton in this issue of Commercial Fisheries News. First, his Searsport, Maine-based Hamilton Marine is celebrating its 40th birthday. And second, this is the annual Boat Building Focus of CFN … and if you’ve had a boat …

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Region’s ports rank highly in NOAA’s “Fisheries of the US” report

SILVER SPRINGS, MD – NOAA’s annual Fisheries of the United States 2016 report released last month shows stable national fisheries in both volume and value, with several ports in the region ranked highly. Overall, the US landed 9.6 billion pounds of fish at a total value of $5.3 billion. “Our nation’s fisheries, landings, and aquaculture …

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative gears up as peak season underway

PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) is gearing up for another season promoting Maine lobster and supporting the industry that is so crucial to many residents around the state. The MLMC focuses the majority of its efforts during the summer and fall months when the catch is at its highest, strategizing around …

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While lobster landings soar, settlement dips to all-time lows; researchers ask why, what impact?

  The following is this year’s “Update 2016 to the American Lobster Settlement Index,” prepared and presented here by  Rick Wahle and his colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darling Center.  Our thanks to Dr. Wahle and his team for sharing this important information once again this year with our readers.  –Editor WALPOLE, ME – …

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Conventional media, social media, events all working to deliver Maine lobster story to bigger, broader audience

Progress report from the executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Cooperative by Matt Jacobson PORTLAND, ME – Here at the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) our strategy and goals are to reach a large audience. We want to drive awareness of Maine lobster in all its forms, and we want to spark demand for our …

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Bob Mitchell of R.A. Mitchell: “You do what it takes”

by Brian Robbins NEW BEDFORD, MA – These days R.A. Mitchell Co., Inc. is probably best known as a source for John Deere-powered auxiliary drives and gensets (along with propulsion engines) – and a full line of Mitsubishi diesels that range from a 429-horse 6-cylinder up to a 1676 hp V-16. But when I was …

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Andy McGeoch’s Cape Island Boats

It’s probably fair to say that Andy McGeoch fell in love with Cape Cod before he fell in love with boat building. The Cape Cod crush started when Andy was four years old, living in the Finger Lakes region of New York. “That summer, my father said we were going to Cape Cod for two …

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Goal of Young Fishermen’s Development Program: Recruit more young fishermen to greying industry

WASHINGTON, DC – As a group of small-boat commercial fishing organizations from around the country met and teleconferenced over the past two years, a recurring theme that emerged was the lack of resources available to the next generation of fishermen. Now, that group – the Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC) – is taking steps to make …

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Farrin’s Boatshop: 45 years & counting

by Brian Robbins WALPOLE, ME – For years I’ve referred to it as “the crow’s nest” – Bruce Farrin Sr.’s office high over the back bay in Farrin’s Boatshop in Walpole, ME. You have to climb some stairs to get to the crow’s nest up there on the third floor, but it’s worth it.  For …

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