Category Archive: Editorial

EDITORIAL – It’s not the error, it’s how you handle it

One look at this month’s cover and two thoughts quickly come to mind. Is that summer, really?  Will we ever see it again? And is that a woman we see working on deck in those oilskins? Yes it is.  And not just any woman. That is Shannon Eldredge, captain of the Morgan E out of …

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EDITORIAL – 40 years of ME Fishermen’s Forums: Why so special?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and Trade Show, a notable milestone worthy of celebration, recognition, and a few moments of personal reflection. I haven’t been at all 40 forums – though I know several of you who have.  My attendance record is probably closer to 30, but whatever the …

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EDITORIAL – Boats, news, and more boats in this issue of CFN

Christmas may have come and gone, but that’s not stopping us from giving readers a little something extra in this issue. As the cover “teaser” promises, this issue marks the return of our popular Year of New Boats review. This special 12-page supplement recaps 2014 new boat launches from the pages of Commercial Fisheries News.  …

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EDITORIAL – A heartfelt thank you for your support of CFN

As the year draws to a close, it seems natural to take time to consider what we’ve accomplished, the challenges on the horizon, and the people who have helped us rise above life’s difficulties to become the best we can be. And that’s what we here at CFN want to do now:  reflect, assess, and …

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EDITORIAL – Whale rule change shows that cooperation works

On Nov. 6, barely four months after announcing the latest adjustment to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule to change the Massachusetts Restricted Area closure start date from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1. The speed with which this important modification came about is a …

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EDITORIAL – Science must acknowledge climate change effects

Populations of many fish species – summer flounder, butterfish, squid, black sea bass, cod, and bluefin tuna to name a few – are clearly being impacted by changing ocean water temperatures.  The challenge now is to realign fisheries stock assessment science and fisheries management protocols to acknowledge this new reality. Climate-related changes in migration, abundance, …

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EDITORIAL – Weigh in on the future of fluke management

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) have launched an ambitious joint effort to fully assess and revamp their summer flounder management strategies in response to a number of factors, including changes in the distribution and center of fluke biomass, “possibly related to the effects of stock rebuilding and/or …

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EDITORIAL – It’s your future: Prepare for habitat hearings

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated, they have.  The New England Fishery Management Council is gearing up for public hearings on proposed Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Amendment 2.  Once finalized, this massive amendment will apply to all fisheries under the council’s jurisdiction and potentially will change the very landscape of fishing …

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EDITORIAL – Time for a quota increase for western bluefin

Summertime is when the thoughts of people in the bluefin business turn to fishing.  Chasing bluefin is potentially profitable, true.  But on that perfect day when the fish are biting or skimming the surface in a harpooner’s sight, it also can be a tremendous rush, the thrill of a lifetime. Still, the tangled mess of …

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EDITORIAL – Creative financing can buoy fishing businesses

The decline of the groundfish fishery, depressed lobster prices, the sluggish economy, and other factors have created serious financial problems for many fishing-related businesses in the Northeast.  Most everyone has heard the adage that “it takes money to make money,” but it can be hard to secure sufficient capital to ensure the cash flow that …

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