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New Maine company offers seafood freezing, packaging, frozen storage

BUCKSPORT, ME – Central Maine Cold Storage is now open for business.  The privately funded company formally unveiled its $2 million state-of-the-art, on-demand seafood freezing, packaging, and storage facility on Oct. 9 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attend by Gov. Paul LePage. The company is offering IQF (individually quick frozen) and blast freezing processes for all …

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Arthur Hancock, 78, still loves the challenge

FALL RIVER, MA – Arthur Hancock owns four Buick Roadmaster station wagons.  He’s owned 10 of them over the years, but currently only has four in his possession – some of them for parts.  We’re rolling through the streets of Fall River in one of them, the nearly 18-foot-long wagon cruising like a big-bellied trawler …

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Momentum builds for Maine Lobstering Union

JONESPORT, ME – The fledgling Maine Lobstering Union (MLU) has hit a number of significant milestones since a Vinalhaven sternman named Magnus Lane got the idea to investigate unionizing nearly two years ago. Frustrated when prices hit rock bottom and a local dealer refused to take any more lobsters, the story goes that Lane made …

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DMR asks Maine lobster industry to step up and deal with latent effort

ROCKPORT, ME – Two sessions focused on the future of the state’s lobster fishery drew standing-room-only crowds at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum on Feb. 28 and March 1. Over the forum weekend, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) released preliminary state statistics that showed another year of exceptional lobster landings.  At 125,953,876 pounds, 2013 …

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Maine’s 2013 lobster fishery tops charts but abundance varies by zone

HALLOWELL, ME – Calling it “the state’s most lucrative fishery,” the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced in early March that the 2013 harvest of American lobsters resulted in yet “another year of record landings and value.” Accompanied by the usual caveat that all of its figures were still “preliminary,” the DMR said 2013 …

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Fishermen’s Energy: In it for the long haul

An example of a twisted jacket turbine foundation.  The wind turbine structure would be mounted atop the yellow foundation base where the girding is in this photo.  The unique foundation design came about through a competitive grant program sponsored by the Carbon Trust to encourage wind power development.  Built ashore, multiple units can be transported together providing significant cost savings. (Carbon Trust photo)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – When Fishermen’s Energy goes before the US Department of Energy (DOE) in April to present its proposal for a $46.7 million grant, it will be “shovel ready,” as the saying goes.  Unlike other demonstration-scale wind farms proposed in state waters, the company’s Atlantic City wind farm project has all required state and federal …

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LMR – Chinese New Year provides lobster sales uptick

January and February used to be the slowest months in the year for the lobster marketplace, back before US and Canadian exporters began selling to China.  But no more.  This year they sold every large lobster they could buy to the Chinese for that nation’s week-long New Year and Spring Festival celebrations in late Jaunary.  …

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Maine Line — Dirigo II – New addition to Maine’s Marine Patrol fleet

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Mother Nature must’ve liked the looks of the new Maine Marine Patrol vessel Dirigo II.  The old gal saw fit to warm things up in the middle of what had so far been a bitter January, even clearing the ice out of Somes Sound for the 38-footer’s christening ceremony at the Henry R. Abel yard …

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Red’s Best partners with nonprofits, NAMA to build demand for local fish

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Devon Walsh shovels ice onto a tote of dogfish immediately after the fish are hoisted off a boat, which had already iced down the fish while onboard.  The chilled product has a slight edge in the marketplace, with potential to improve the return on sales to fishermen.  Red’s Best Seafood, which has leased the bay on the north side of the Chatham Fish Pier, installed two ice-making machines at the pier, one of the ways it is working to promote locally caught fish.

CHATHAM, MA – The mechanical whir of the Chatham Fish Pier lift is swiftly followed by a dull thud and whoosh as dozens of dogfish slide down the metal chute and into a large plastic tub. Devon Walsh immediately begins shoveling ice on top of the fish, while a digital readout keeps tabs on their temperature, …

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Licensing agreement enables dealers to sell MSC-certified Maine lobster

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RICHMOND, ME – The Fund for the Advancement of Sustainable Lobster, the industry group that pursued and obtained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for Maine lobster earlier this year, is now offering all dealers and processors in the state the opportunity to display the MSC ecolabel on their Maine lobster products. Under the MSC certification …

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