Category Archive: Editorial

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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Editorial: New year, new president: What’s it mean to you?

Whatever your politics, it’s a safe bet that you too are glad the presidential election is finally behind us and we can just get on with business, life, and moving forward. Yes, the country remains deeply divided and the waters we are about to cross with this new president are … well, uncharted. But the …

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EDITORIAL: Thankful for the bounty of lobsters and scallops

If you somehow missed the headlines, landings data in NOAA’s recently released Fisheries of the United States 2015 reminds us once again of the vital role lobsters and scallops play – not just in this region – but in the overall health and vitality of the nation’s entire extended commercial fishing community. While Dutch Harbor, …

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Engaging in offshore wind power process, projects

Offshore wind power has gone from the drawing board and onto the water in a big way off the New England coast. As this issue goes to press, two wind power projects off the Massachusetts coast are ramping up survey work in preparation for selecting specific sites for eventual wind farm construction. Denmark-based DONG Energy, …

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Editorial – Changing of the guard at New England council

Effective the end of this month, Pat Fiorelli, who has been the public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council for nearly three decades, is leaving to begin a new chapter in her life, retirement. Stepping into her shoes is former Commercial Fisheries News Associate Editor Janice M. Plante, who has been working …

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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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