Category Archive: January ’13

NOAA Fisheries Navigator – January 2013

Insert to the January 2013 Commercial Fisheries News Contents: Vessel Fishing History Requests: How They Work There’s Still Time to Apply for a Limited-Access Mackerel Permit DAS Leasing and ACE Trading Under Sector Management Cooperative Research NE Networks Generating Fisheries Innovations Offshore Mussel Farming Offers New Opportunities for Fishermen Federal HMS Dealer Reporting Goes Electronic …

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FISH SAFE – Students redesign knives, banders, oilers

Traditional banding tool, right, and the redesigned version, which features an angled shape to reduce wrist “flexion,” the bending down of the wrist, when picking up a band.  (Ann Backus photo)

by Ann Backus – In my last article (CFN November 2012), I described an industrial design class at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in which students were asked to innovate gear for the lobster industry that would be both serviceable and reduce the risk of injury.  This process, called “prevention through design” in …

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Alec Peasley’s new Atlantica: Roomy, rugged, efficient

Alex Peasley's Atlantica

For 19-year-old lobsterman Alec Peasley of Brooksville, ME, the launch of his 34` Atlantica wasn’t so much the beginning of a career as a continuation of one.  Peasley set his first load of lobster traps when he was in 7th grade, tending them out of a 14` skiff with a 9.9-hp Mercury outboard on the …

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SPECIAL REPORT – Shrimp

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Tough call:  ASMFC sets low 2013 shrimp quota PORTLAND, ME — The Northern Shrimp Section of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) met here Dec. 3 and approved a meager total allowable catch (TAC) of 625 metric tons (mt) for the 2013 shrimp season. This was the sobering result of the section’s deliberate effort …

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Students redesign knives, banders, oilers

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In my last article (CFN November 2012), I described an industrial design class at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in which students were asked to innovate gear for the lobster industry that would be both serviceable and reduce the risk of injury.  This process, called “prevention through design” in the industrial hygiene field, …

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Symposium reveals dramatic impacts of climate change on GOM lobster

PORTLAND, ME — Scientists from around the world gathered in Portland Nov. 27-30 to discuss how environmental changes may impact Maine’s most important commercial fishery — lobster. For years, scientists have warned that global warming one day would affect us all.  And, here in New England, lobstermen felt the impacts of increasing temperatures up close …

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ICCAT: US once again seeks bluefin quota cut

AGADIR, MOROCCO — The Northeast’s bluefin tuna industry came away from the Nov. 9-19 ICCAT meeting here dismayed once again by the US delegation’s ultraconservative stance on bluefin quotas despite recent scientific findings that indicate stocks on both sides of the Atlantic are recovering. ICCAT stands for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic …

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Maine DMR schedules coastwide meetings with lobster industry

HALLOWELL, ME — The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has scheduled 16 meetings with the state’s lobster industry to hear people’s views on the status of the industry following the 2012 season and recommendations for the future. The meetings will include a discussion of the work of the Lobster Advisory Council and its efforts …

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Miller Time launched

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SW Boatworks has a couple of big lobster boats headed for the water:  a 46` Wesmac that it finished and a Calvin Beal 44 for a customer who is “sizing up” from the 36` Calvin Beal he currently owns.  SW also reports plenty of interest in its Ernest Libby-designed Young Brothers hulls, with a 40-footer …

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Khristy Michelle launched

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John Williams’ goal was to replace his 17-year-old John’s Bay-built Khristy Michelle with one as close as possible to the same design — only 3` longer.  His thinking was that with the extra waterline length, the new boat would perform more efficiently with the same power package as his old 41-footer.   Read the rest …

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