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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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A progress report from the executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Cooperative

Telling the Maine lobster story to chefs, media, and consumers by Matt Jacobson PORTLAND, ME – The election season is upon us – and, as we all know, it lasts a long time.  For the candidates, they hold their rallies, make their calls, and broadcast their advertisements so that on Election Day they get as …

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GUEST COULMN: Mosquito fleet fights consolidation

by Brett Tolley Control over the iconic New England groundfish is concentrating into fewer hands because of catch share policy, and the future of our ocean and seafood system is at stake. According to last year’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) report, one entity controlled 25% of the entire groundfish revenue. With no safeguards in …

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Jason Joyce wants you to see the light – and stay afloat

SWANS ISLAND, ME – Lobsterman Jason Joyce didn’t get into selling LED lights because he was looking for a side business … he simply wanted to be able to see what he was doing when it was dark. After experimenting with numerous types of bulbs from different suppliers, Jason happen to connect with the right …

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Maine’s 2014 lobster fishery breaks records again

Big landings, huge value, and improved boat price HALLOWELL, ME – While it may not have come as a surprise, the timely announcement of record-breaking Maine lobster landings and value for 2014 certainly provided the backdrop for a truly celebratory weekend at this year’s 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in early March. The …

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