Category Archive: 2014

MAINE BOAT SCENE

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  Modified REPCO honors Pinkham’s father BEALS ISLAND, ME – You’re never going to find another REPCO like lobsterman Veril “Suki” Pinkham’s. To be clear, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a REPCO 37, which is what Suki Pinkham’s Sea Monster was when it first hit the water back in 1976. During the 1970s, a …

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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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CFRF: 10 years of fishermen-driven research

Phil Ruhle Jr. of Point Judith, RI aboard his Sea Breeze Too, working on CFRF’s drop chain conservation gear engineering project to reduce flounder bycatch in small-mesh fisheries. (CFRF photo)

KINGSTON, RI – In 2004, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) started out with a handful of fishermen and not a lot of funding.  But it also began with the premise that people in the fishing industry needed to begin doing their own research. Partnering at first with University of Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Laura …

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Scallopers use electronic reporting to collect ‘real-time’ catch data

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EAST FALMOUTH, MA – Fifteen scallop vessels are now using a simple computer software program to collect and transmit “real-time” scallop catch and yellowtail flounder bycatch information back to shore. The information is aggregated daily by a second software program and is automatically transmitted back to participating boats in the form of color-coded maps that …

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South Boston to lose historic fishermen’s chapel

The chapel’s stained glass windows depict:  the biblical story of Jesus walking on water and calming the storm to reassure his disciples, a number of whom were fishermen; Gloucester’s famous “Man at the Wheel” statute.  (Photos courtesy of Vivien Li)

SOUTH BOSTON, MA – As ever-changing rules and regulations challenge the bread-and-butter end of the commercial fishing industry, something else is threatening the heart and soul of its very way of life – the steady demise of heritage, history, home, and a sense of place. A prime example of this loss is the planned destruction …

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Massachusetts requests exemptions from new vertical line rule to protect whales

BOSTON, MA – Concerns for the safety and economic health of its fishermen have prompted the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to file a request with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for exemptions and modifications to new whale protection measures announced in June. DMF put together the request following extensive discussions with lobstermen …

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LMR – Stepped up processor demand drives lobster price

The September lobster market was crazy busy, frustrating, and at the same time just so-so. Canadian and US processors were crazy busy bidding on and trying to fill huge contracts for frozen lobster tails and meat.  Their high level of interest in shedders was driving up the boat price, a move welcomed by fishermen who …

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ASMFC, MAFMC to hold joint meetings on new fluke quota management ideas

WASHINGTON, DC – The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are working together to develop a “Comprehensive Summer Flounder Management Amendment.” Together, they are planning to hold at least 10 public comment sessions this fall to gather input on a scoping document that will outline potential changes to existing …

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Abandoning ship: Surviving aboard the raft

Wrapping up this three-part series on abandoning ship, let’s focus on surviving aboard the life raft.  Immediately after abandoning ship and gaining shelter in the life raft, survivors are likely to be cold, wet, exhausted and suffering from varying degrees of shock. Mental and/or physical let down leading to collapse is possible at this stage.  …

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FISH-SAFE: Be sure your EPIRB is registered biennially

When you purchase an EPIRB, you can’t miss the instructions about how to register it with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Service, but we sometimes forget that we have to re-register each EPIRB every two years. When mine came due, I received a notice from NOAA, and that was handy …

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