Category Archive: People

Real people who help shape the process: fisheries liaison Meghan Lapp – a new voice

NARRAGANSETT, RI – When Meghan Lapp was a teenager, she wanted to own her own boat. The opportunity didn’t arise, although she lived on Long Island for part of her childhood and on the Gulf of Mexico for the second half, following her naval architect father around as he designed propellers for commercial fishing boats, …

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There and back with Tommy Porter

by Brian Robbins MARBLEHEAD, MA – Tommy Porter is 66 years old according to the calendar, but he’s lived a life that goes way beyond that. He left home for the first time when he was 14: his mother sent him to the store for a can of tuna fish; he returned a few weeks …

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Remembering Winnie Lash 7/5/18 – 11/9/15

FRIENDSHIP, ME – An era has ended. Winfield “Winnie” Lash – boat builder, designer, and co-founder of Lash Brothers Boatyard back in 1946 – passed away on November 9. He was predeceased by his son, Wesley A. Lash, in 2013.  Wesley had taken over the reins of the Lash Brothers shop in 1984 when his …

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New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival 2015

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WOMEN IN THE FISHERIES: Beth Casoni’s got her hand on the helm at MassLA

SCITUATE, MA – She’s quick with a smile when she greets you, but Beth Casoni is one tough cookie when she needs to be – which she often does in her role as executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association.  Beth set aside a few minutes in her busy schedule recently for a conversation at …

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Real people who help shape the process: This issue, meet Lori Steele, NEFMC staffer

NEWBURYPORT, MA – After 18 years as a staffer for the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), Lori Steele is moving to the other side of the country – and the other side of the table. Steele will be leaving the council in early October to take over the helm at the Portland, OR-based West …

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Real fishermen who help shape the process: This issue, meet Mark Phillips of Greenport, NY

GREENPORT, NY – Over the years, Mark Phillips has fished and held permits in most fisheries and gear types, including: weir, trawl, dragger, and dredge. Like many long-time fishermen, Phillips came into the profession through his family by lobstering with his uncle starting at age eight. Once he graduated high school, he forfeited going to …

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Andrew Gove: 85 and counting; 78 of ‘em lobstering

STONINGTON, ME – The crew in the machine shop at Billings Diesel & Marine is doing its thing, prepping the 36′ Northern Bay that sits on the floor to receive her new engine.  Surprisingly, the 36-footer’s new D13 Volvo – a 13-liter inline 6 – is going to fit into the space where the old …

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Richard Stanley’s dream: wooden hulls, ‘glass tops

BASS HARBOR, ME – Cold – oh, wasn’t it cold.  Whatever the thermometer said was one thing; the wind screeching out of the northwest added its own twist.  You almost had to lean into it to make headway from the car to the door of Richard Stanley’s boat shop on the nubble of Little Island …

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Col. Joe Fessenden to retire after 40 years with Maine Marine Patrol

HALLOWELL, ME – Col. Joe Fessenden, chief of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Bureau of Marine Patrol, will be stepping down from his top-command post on Jan. 9, making way for Maj. Jon Cornish, the bureau’s current deputy chief, to take over in a smooth transition that has been over a year-and-a-half in …

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