Category Archive: New Bedford

Wind farm developers say key to working with fishermen is to get engaged and stay engaged

  NEW BEDFORD, MA – BayState Wind, the offshore wind energy project in the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, is in the process of preparing its construction and operation plan (COP) while awaiting data from the meteorological buoy it launched last May. As part of the COP, Bay State hosted an industry-to-industry meeting in late January …

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New England council approves Groundfish FW 57

NEWPORT, RI – At its Dec. 5-7 meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council approved Framework Adjustment 57 to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan. In addition to setting 2019-2020 specifications for catch limits, the council fine-tuned trimester allocations of total allowable catch (TAC) in response to overages for six stocks in the common …

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Region’s ports rank highly in NOAA’s “Fisheries of the US” report

SILVER SPRINGS, MD – NOAA’s annual Fisheries of the United States 2016 report released last month shows stable national fisheries in both volume and value, with several ports in the region ranked highly. Overall, the US landed 9.6 billion pounds of fish at a total value of $5.3 billion. “Our nation’s fisheries, landings, and aquaculture …

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Working Waterfront Festival returns to New Bedford Sept. 23

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The Working Waterfront Festival – a free, family friendly celebration of the commercial fishing industry – returns to the working piers of New Bedford on Sept. 23 for a fun-filled and educational one-day event. The Working Waterfront Festival provides a unique opportunity for the public to get a firsthand look at …

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Nautical tattoos?  Your chance to show them off

NEW BEDFORD, MA – From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is running “Nautical Tattoos,” an exhibit of the Working Waterfront Festival 2015’s nautical tattoos contest entrants in its gallery. The exhibit features the photography of Phil Mello, photographer, manager of Burgees Seafood, and chair of the Heritage Center.  The contestants …

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Bob Mitchell of R.A. Mitchell: “You do what it takes”

by Brian Robbins NEW BEDFORD, MA – These days R.A. Mitchell Co., Inc. is probably best known as a source for John Deere-powered auxiliary drives and gensets (along with propulsion engines) – and a full line of Mitsubishi diesels that range from a 429-horse 6-cylinder up to a 1676 hp V-16. But when I was …

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New scalloper Orion joins New Bedford fleet

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The 101’ big steel scalloper Orion is the latest newbuild to join the fleet at the Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara docks here. Like her sister ship Monomoy, (see CFN May, 2016) Orion was built on a standardized John W. Gilbert Associates design.  A few tweaks here and there, but overall the Gilbert design …

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CME Announces 2017 Show Plans

Commercial Marine Expo announces plans to return to New Bedford, Apr. 26-27, 2017 NEW BEDFORD, MA – Building on the success of this year’s Commercial Maine Expo (CME), held on the State Pier here Apr. 27-28, show organizers have already announced plans to make CME an every-year event. “We will be returning to New Bedford …

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New scalloper Monomoy joins New Bedford fleet; big boat nearly ready for her maiden fishing trip

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Monomoy – a 100’ Florida-built steel scalloper – is the latest vessel to join the big Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara fleet of scallopers based here. Built on a standardized John W. Gilbert Associates design that has served the companies well, Monomoy arrived in New Bedford in February, after an October 2015 launch, and …

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CME set to roll in New Bedford, Apr. 27-28; Plenty of interest for fishermen, boat owners

  NEW BEDFORD, MA – With show time rapidly approaching for this year’s upcoming Commercial Marine Expo (CME), event organizers have announced additional details of interest to attendees. The CME, set for Apr. 27-28 on the State Pier in the heart of New Bedford’s revitalized working waterfront, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show’s …

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