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October 2014


SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Simple steps to avoid bad but common mistakes

Originally printed - October 2011 He was fairly new to trawling and he made a bad mistake.  Maybe it was a lack of sleep or physical fatigue that caused a lapse in concentration.  Whatever the reason, the break in attention was long enough for h...


MAINE BOAT SCENE

  Modified REPCO honors Pinkham's father BEALS ISLAND, ME – You’re never going to find another REPCO like lobsterman Veril “Suki” Pinkham’s. To be clear, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a REPCO 37, which is what Suki Pi...


EDITORIAL – Weigh in on the future of fluke management

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) have launched an ambitious joint effort to fully assess and revamp their summer flounder management strategies in response to a number of factors,...


CFRF: 10 years of fishermen-driven research

KINGSTON, RI – In 2004, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) started out with a handful of fishermen and not a lot of funding.  But it also began with the premise that people in the fishing industry needed to begin doing their own r...


Scallopers use electronic reporting to collect ‘real-time’ catch data

EAST FALMOUTH, MA – Fifteen scallop vessels are now using a simple computer software program to collect and transmit “real-time” scallop catch and yellowtail flounder bycatch information back to shore. The information is aggregated daily by ...


South Boston to lose historic fishermen’s chapel

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, ho...


Massachusetts requests exemptions from new vertical line rule to protect whales

BOSTON, MA – Concerns for the safety and economic health of its fishermen have prompted the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to file a request with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for exemptions and modifications to new...


LMR - Stepped up processor demand drives lobster price

The September lobster market was crazy busy, frustrating, and at the same time just so-so. Canadian and US processors were crazy busy bidding on and trying to fill huge contracts for frozen lobster tails and meat.  Their high level of interest in...


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