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Health insurance open enrollment starts Nov. 15

GLOUCESTER, MA – Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) starts Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15, 2015.  Signing up means getting health care coverage and avoiding tax penalties, too. As part of the ACA, trained and certified “navigators” offer free assistance with the application process and provide information on the …

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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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Fraun Martin: A life of love and laughter

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Even when you know it’s coming, the news hurts.  The CFN family got word on Aug. 1 that Fraun Cragg Martin had left this world, nearly three years after receiving a stunning terminal cancer diagnosis.  And though we knew the end was near, it was – and still is – hard to accept that this …

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SW Boatworks keeps on growing

Stewart Workman.
(Brian Robbins photos)

by Brian Robbins When Stewart Workman first opened SW Boatworks in Lamoine in 2000, the shop’s main focus was custom finishing of hulls from other shops.  Thirteen years later, the offer still stands, and one of SW’s projects this winter will be a 46′ Wesmac lobster boat. But, the acquisition of Calvin Beal’s molds in …

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Two brothers and an eastern rig – Ochses on single-boat scalloping

FAIRHAVEN, MA – Eastern rigs were once the mainstay of the New England offshore fleet.  But these classics also are what Point Pleasant, NJ-based brothers Arthur and Ken Ochse learned to fish on. Getting started as youngsters, between them now the two have almost 100 years of fishing experience.  So when it came time to …

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Surf Clams

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Goody Hallet outfitted as a clam boat.
(Steven Kennedy photo)

Goody Hallet:  Nolan’s dream made real PROVINCETOWN, MA – Large, new-to-the-area fishing vessels are seldom seen around any port on Cape Cod these days.  So, the arrival of Scott and Max Nolan’s 80′ Goody Hallet at the town dock in Provincetown earlier this year was big news on the waterfront. The father and son duo …

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Buxton Boats launches wooden 38′ Seasong

STONINGTON, ME – “Yeah!” I was crouched in the stern of Peter Buxton’s Susan Marie, a 37′ REPCO that he completely rebuilt a few years back.  A former lobster boat/gillnetter/dragger, the Susan Marie sees much easier duty these days, as Buxton takes out small charters after hours when his Buxton Boats LLC shop is closed. …

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Geir Monsen – Ardent industry advocate, Seafreeze co-founder

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – As the fishing industry got good news on river herring, it lost one of its strongest advocates.  Geir Monsen, vice-president and co-founder of Davisville, RI-based Seafreeze Ltd., died unexpectedly on July 27 at the age of 62. On Aug. 9, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a finding that alewife and …

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Paul Shuman: Innovative net designer revolutionized Northeast trawl fishery

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by Joyce Rowley CHARLESTOWN, RI – The fishing industry lost an important contributor to its history with the unexpected death in March of net designer and innovator Paul Shuman. Shuman Trawl nets, distinctively made from green poly twine, were a mainstay for New England and Mid- Atlantic fishermen from 1976 on. “What an impact he …

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