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A Wednesday with Rusty Wallis

BARRINGTON, RI – It all began with piss oak, actually. Back in February of 2013 I received an e-mail out of the blue from a fellow named Russ Wallis, writing in response to a Bearin’s column I’d written about long-ago smells of winter.  It read as follows: “Hi Brian, “I am a fourth (and final) …

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Farrin’s Boatshop: 45 years & counting

by Brian Robbins WALPOLE, ME – For years I’ve referred to it as “the crow’s nest” – Bruce Farrin Sr.’s office high over the back bay in Farrin’s Boatshop in Walpole, ME. You have to climb some stairs to get to the crow’s nest up there on the third floor, but it’s worth it.  For …

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Veteran scientist Jon Hare named new director at NEFSC

WOODS HOLE, MA – With 20 years in fisheries research experience at NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center, newly appointed Science and Research Director Dr. Jon Hare, has an intricate understanding of the center’s mission, facilities, programs and partners extending from Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine. Serving first at the NEFSC Beaufort Laboratory …

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Sharing stories with Paul McFarland

by Brian Robbins ROCKLAND, ME – I’d heard Paul McFarland’s voice nearly 40 years before I met him face-to-face.  I can’t tell you that I recognized the voice when the tall, smiling man met me in the main office of the O’Hara Corporation in Rockland; I’d only heard it over the single sideband radio back …

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Therese Sauvageau: Half a century a lobsterwoman

A conversation with Therese Sauvageau, lobsterwoman of Beverly, MA, and delegate to the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) board of directors, on her fifty years of lobstering. –Editor   BEVERLY, MA – “Everything was just simpler then,” says Therese Sauvageau, who started her career as a ten-year-old hanging out at the docks. “And less expensive, too.  …

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Linda Greenlaw welcomed back to Gloucester…

…addresses annual fishermen’s memorial service   GLOUCESTER, MA – Capt. Linda Greenlaw, the celebrated fisherman and author – and a valued friend of this city by the sea – delivered the keynote address during Gloucester’s 20th Annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service. Several hundred fishing families and friends gathered on a late August afternoon at Gloucester’s historic …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Northern Bay 36

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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Angela Sanfilippo named to Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

GLOUCESTER, MA – Angela Sanfilippo, the inspired and longtime president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) was honored last month by both the Boston seafood industry and the City of Gloucester. Sanfilippo, the wife, daughter, and sister of fishermen, is also the executive director of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership Support Services. She has served …

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Athearn Marine: 70 years of serving fishermen

  by Brian Robbins FAIRHAVEN, MA – It’s a few minutes before 8 am and things are quiet on Union Wharf in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.  Oh, there are sounds in the air – someone grinding a weld; a maul pounding on something substantial; a forklift being jockeyed around; a big diesel rumbling as a scalloper backs …

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Gloucester celebrates its 86th Annual St. Peter’s Fiesta

GLOUCESTER, MA – On the last weekend in June thousands of people thronged America’s oldest fishing port for the city’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta. The celebration honors Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, and the fishing way of life that has shaped Gloucester for nearly 400 years. On Sunday Jun. 26, following an outdoor mass, …

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