Category Archive: Editorial

Editorial: Pat White – The curtain goes down on a class act

There have been few times in the 40-plus years of Commercial Fisheries News that we have set aside this space to honor a fallen colleague. To do so is to risk slighting so many others who have passed without the special recognition. But I could not let the sudden loss this month of industry icon …

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EDITORIAL: A cause for celebration amid causes for concern

Far be it from us to find the dark cloud in an otherwise silver lining … … But, as word spread around the recent Maine Fishermen’s Forum of record-breaking landings in the state again last year, the excitement was somewhat tempered. The news was good, for sure, particularly for the booming lobster fishery.  Huge landings …

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EDITORIAL: Tread cautiously before making lobster license changes

It would appear, as this issue goes to press, that a controversial bill to change some elements of the Maine lobster licensing process may be stuck in committee. If so, we think that is probably not a bad thing. The bill, widely discussed and well-covered by media within the state, would – among other things …

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EDITORIAL: Calling your attention to “must-reads” in this issue

While we like to think every issue of Commercial Fisheries News is chock full of news and information that our readers want and need to read, every now and then it seems to makes sense to point out a couple of “don’t miss” pieces. In this issue, we call your attention to Fish Safe, starting …

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Farewell to the old, in with the new: Time to kick off the New Year

This issue marks the kick-off of trade show season here in New England and our opportunity to connect face-to-face with many of you in the coming months. In late January, you will be seeing us – and this issue – at the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Annual Weekend and Trade Show on the Cape.  Like many …

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Editorial: We need to know more about impact of warming ocean waters

For years fishermen, fisheries managers, and the academic/scientific community have been trying to understand the near collapse of Gulf of Maine cod stocks and explain the apparent failure of decades of rebuilding effort. We all know the conversation. Overfishing depleted the stocks and only a near-total suspension of effort would allow the species time to …

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EDITORIAL: Time to rediscover the spirit of Fish Expo

When the trade show now known as Commercial Marine Expo (CME) returns to New Bedford next spring, organizers are planning an event reminiscent of the old Fish Expo gatherings. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Fish Expo, which in its heyday was the commerical fishing industry’s huge annual gathering, national in scope, alternating between …

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Editorial: Shut down marine monument in NE now

There are bad ideas. There are very bad ideas. And then there’s this. A current proposal to potentially create a marine national monument off the coast of New England is, in our view, one of the worst ideas ever. Environmental groups proposed the monument in early September, urging President Barack Obama to use the Antiquities …

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EDITORIAL: Find a solution now for at-sea monitoring cost

The Northeast groundfish industry – what is left of it – and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are at an impasse over future funding of the at-sea monitoring program (ASM). NMFS is saying it is time to shift the cost burden to fishing vessel owners.  Fishermen, and many friends and supporters of the industry, …

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EDITORIAL: No substitute for planning, training to fish safe

In the words of a wise old Coast Guard veteran some years back, “There are only two times fishermen really take chances out on the water.  When they are making money, and when they’re not.” Cynical?  Maybe. But his point was well taken. Fishing is always risky business and the ever-present need to push harder, …

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