Category Archive: Editorial

Editorial – Relax. Sit a spell. Read this issue.

As this issue was going to press, much of the region was getting its first real taste of winter.  Dooryards were filling up with gear and for many it marked the unofficial end of another season. It is a time, of course, to give thanks.  To count our blessings, cherish our families, and take a …

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Editorial – Fishermen need to vote on November 6

Fishermen need to vote on November 6 The message is simple.  Wherever you live, wherever you fish, on the first Tuesday in November get out and vote.   Yes, we know. Your senses are saturated from the endless barrage of political ads.  You just want it all to go away.  Us too. And you say, …

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Editorial – Lessons from an island about life, death, and pressing on

The words come hard.  Really hard. Earlier this month, as the pieces and parts of this issue began to fall into place, I had designs for a special editorial to fill this space. It was sparked by seeing the first photos of Drew Eaton’s new boat (this month’s cover) and harkened back to a conversation …

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Editorial – MLA elects new president; now Maine Fishermen’s Forum must also

There’s a changing of the guard at the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) that not only impacts the association’s members, lobster fishermen and others all along the coast, but also the venerable Maine Fishermen’s Forum. By now you have probably heard that Cutler lobsterman Kristan Porter is taking over the reins of the MLA from long-time …

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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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EDITORIAL: Boats – Big ones, small ones, and a legend called Osmond

Okay.  Stick another log on the fire and settle in. You’ve got some reading to do this month, just in time for these blowy February days. In this issue you will find our annual Year of New Boats review, sponsored by Furuno.  This special 16-page supplement is a recap of 2017 new boat launches from …

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Editorial: To our friend, Robin – Our thanks and best wishes

Earlier this month, friends, family, industry colleagues, and former employees gathered for an evening of celebration to mark the retirement of Robin Alden. Robin, as most of you know, has been a remarkable force in fisheries here in Maine and throughout the region for more than four decades. Her career spans three significant phases, beginning …

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Editorial: Don’t miss – A pair of revealing, enlightening profiles in this issue

You may think you know Wayne Hamilton. But the truth is, the quiet man behind the Hamilton Marine supply store powerhouse – currently celebrating 40 years in business – is fiercely private and certainly not given to self-aggrandizement. Which makes Brian Robbins’ profile in this issue all the more interesting and revealing. Wayne sat down …

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Op-Ed: Fishermen file suit over Northeast Marine National Monument

A coalition of New England fishing organizations filed suit in early March over former President Barack Obama’s designation of a vast area of ocean as a national monument – a dictate that could sink commercial fishing in New England. The organizations filing the lawsuit are the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MaLA), Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association (AOFA), Long …

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EDITORIAL: This year’s new boats recap: Our own Dow Jones?

As we swing into spring show season here in New England, it’s pretty well guaranteed that much of the discussion with readers and advertisers who stop by the Commercial Fisheries News booth at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum or Commercial Marine Expo will focus on boats. That’s always the case, but maybe even more so …

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