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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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Feeling good about WOOD

By Brian Robbins   When it comes to new lobster boat construction, it’s unlikely the pendulum will swing from fiberglass, as the most popular material, back to wood any time soon here in New England. There is a bit of a grassroots movement afoot, however – and if you want to take a deep, clean …

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Athearn Marine: 70 years of serving fishermen

  by Brian Robbins FAIRHAVEN, MA – It’s a few minutes before 8 am and things are quiet on Union Wharf in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Oh, there are sounds in the air – someone grinding a weld; a maul pounding on something substantial; a forklift being jockeyed around; a big diesel rumbling as a scalloper backs …

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In Gloucester, focusing on “Local Foods, Local Places”

GLOUCESTER, MA – Fishermen, fish processors, farmers, scientists, artists, educators, nutritionists, and health care workers met here with local, state, and federal representatives on Jun. 15-16 to develop new initiatives to sustain Gloucester’s time-honored seafood industry. A federal “Local Foods, Local Places” in-kind award supported the program, also designed to support sustainable local farming. During …

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Cape Fish – two anniversaries and a prodigal son returns

Any small business could learn a thing or two from Cape Fishermen’s Supply in Chatham, MA.  For instance … 1. Work hard; be honest; have fun. Cape Fish has been doing just that for 40 years, since original owner Billy Nichols and his wife Nancy opened the shop in 1976.  Billy brought a commercial fishing …

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Gloucester launches “branded” fresh seafood campaign

GLOUCESTER, MA – America’s oldest fishing port recently launched Gloucesterfresh, a multi-pronged campaign to promote Gloucester seafood and the city’s renowned seafood industry. The city celebrated this new “ocean to table” initiative at Seafood Expo North America (the former International Boston Seafood Show) in early March. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and her team, including …

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