Category Archive: Editorial

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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EDITORIAL: In defense of the council process

How do you know when the New England Fishery Management Council has made a good decision? Virtually nobody is happy. Cynical?  Perhaps, but that has seemingly been the case with recent council actions that have spawned a firestorm of reactions – often negative – from within the fishing industry, the environmental community, and in the …

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EDITORIAL: Summertime – Another season of lobster boat racing

By the time most of you see this, the pages of the old shop calendar will have turned to June.  And that means just one thing. The start of another season of lobster boat racing here on the coast of Maine … and by all early indications this one promises to be a corker. Jon …

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EDITORIAL: Barbs and bouquets – Some folks get it right, others have no clue

From the newly-established Commercial Fisheries News (CFN) “awards desk” this month, a couple of well-deserved bouquets. First, to Laura Orleans and the board of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Inc. (FHC). Orleans’ name may already be familiar to many of you as she is the festival director of the highly successful New Bedford Working …

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