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February 2014

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Safe Boat - Smart Boat: PFDs, grappling with fishing’s ‘safety culture’
by Fred Mattera –  During safety training sessions in December and January each year, I break out the “Cold Water Boot Camp USA” DVD.  It’s a great tool for reviewing coldwater safety with fishermen now that the water temperature is a fr...

EDITORIAL - Disaster aid secured: Now, how to spend it
A rare political thaw in January led to an encouraging turn of events as Congress managed to put aside seemingly intractable differences to agree on a fiscal year 2014 federal budget bill.  The bill, which was awaiting the President’s signature a...

Yellowtail flounder possession ban in pipeline for limited-access scallopers
DANVERS, MA – In the near future, limited-access scallopers may be prohibited from keeping any yellowtail flounder at all if a new measure in Framework 51 to the groundfish plan is approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Ne...

Maine scallop success leads to early closures; lobster marketing progresses
HALLOWELL, ME – At press time, Maine scallopers were having to come to grips with the realities of the state’s commitment to rebuild the resource as a combination of growing abundance of small scallops and increased fishing effort prompted closur...

39th Maine forum highlights include visit from 'Deadliest Catch' captain
ROCKPORT, ME – Anyone who’s a fan of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” reality series might want to make an extra effort to arrive early for this year’s Maine Fishermen’s Forum, which begins on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Samoset R...

Block Island Wind Farm sets precedent for bringing fishermen to the table
POINT JUDITH, RI – Offshore wind farm proposals are advancing in Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere, but the 30-megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, which is being developed by Deepwater Wind Holdings LLC for construction entirely...

NOAA FISHERIES NAVIGATOR - February 2014
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Maine Line — Dirigo II - New addition to Maine’s Marine Patrol fleet
Mother Nature must’ve liked the looks of the new Maine Marine Patrol vessel Dirigo II.  The old gal saw fit to warm things up in the middle of what had so far been a bitter January, even clearing the ice out of Somes Sound for the 38-footer’s ch...

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