Category Archive: People

Heather Thompson: “I love what I do”

By Brian Robbins HARRINGTON, ME – It was something to watch: a living, breathing version of a well-oiled machine. I was doing my best to stay out of the way with my camera as the 36’ Gold Digger made its way through a string of lobster gear.  The skipper and the one-person crew were making …

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Gloucester dinner honors Angela Sanfilippo, benefits Fishing Partnership Support Services

GLOUCESTER, MA – Fishermen, fish buyers, community members, and state, federal, and local officials all honored Angela Sanfilippo, the longtime president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA), during a “sea to supper” dinner here on Aug. 24. The dinner celebrated Sanfilippo’s 40 years of leadership and service to the fishing community. Under Sanfilippo’s guidance, …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise:  Libby 41 

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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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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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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