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John Bullard to retire as GARFO regional administrator in January

  GLOUCESTER, MA – NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Administrator (GARFO) John Bullard has recently announced he plans to retire on Jan. 5, 2018. Bullard, who took the top job in the agency’s Gloucester-based office in 2012, will leave a legacy of improved relationships with fishermen, the research community, environmentalists, local, state, and federal officials …

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Tom Peacock: wrenches, engines, and many miles

by Brian Robbins FREEPORT, ME – For someone who spent the biggest part of his working career on the roads of Maine, Tom Peacock is looking pretty comfy at home these days. Oh, don’t worry: he’ll jump behind the wheel in a heartbeat if there’s a good reason to … you can take the man …

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Kevin Scola & Survival: A man and his Bruno – A love story

by Brian Robbins MARSHFIELD, MA – If we wanted to, we could easily fill the available pages of this annual Tuna Focus with Kevin Scola stories. If you don’t know the Marshfield, MA-based Scola, ask some of his fellow fisherman. “Kevin?  If there’s a fish to catch, he’s the guy that’s gonna catch it.” Or, …

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Industry News – June 2017

Alden receives prestigious Hero of the Seas award WASHINGTON, DC – Robin Alden, executive director of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (formerly Penobscot East Resource Center) in Stonington, ME was the recent recipient of a Hero of the Seas award from the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. The awards gala took place on the evening of …

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There & Back III: Benny, Tommy & the Donna Marie

by Brian Robbins  JONESPORT, ME – We’ve written about a lot of boats in Commercial Fisheries News over the years: small boats; big boats; real big boats. Wooden boats; fiberglass boats; steel boats. New boats hitting the water and ready to begin their working careers; older classics that have been refurbished, rebuilt, and ready to …

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Danny Staples: a good man puts up a good fight

CUSHING, ME – “I grew up in Rockland, but I spent my summers out on Metinic Island until I was 10.  My father lobstered off there; he did that for years.  I remember going in his workshop and finding a long lath and putting a point on it – like the bow of a boat.  …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Mussel Ridge 44.5

by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial market.  What we hope to do is provide insight and …

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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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Andy McGeoch’s Cape Island Boats

It’s probably fair to say that Andy McGeoch fell in love with Cape Cod before he fell in love with boat building. The Cape Cod crush started when Andy was four years old, living in the Finger Lakes region of New York. “That summer, my father said we were going to Cape Cod for two …

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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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