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January 2014

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FISH SAFE - Winch safety study identifies crew hazards
by Ann Backus – Jan. 27 will mark five years since 53-year-old Bill Meldrum died off the coast of New Jersey aboard the 65' Lydia J after being pulled into his vessel’s rotating drum winch.  After that incident, I was determined that no one e...

NMFS grants sector boats access to Nantucket but not Closed Areas I or II
DANVERS, MA – Starting Dec. 31, groundfish sector boats will be allowed to fish in two different portions of the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area for the remainder of the 2013 fishing year, which ends April 30. The National Marine Fisheries Servi...

NJ bite stokes late-fall bluefin fishery
MANASQUAN, NJ – Bluefin tuna fishermen from Maine to North Carolina dropped everything and bolted for New Jersey and Long Island ports in early December as word spread that the big fish were biting in Hudson Canyon. In a stroke of good timing, t...

Stock ‘collapse’ prompts 2014 shrimp moratorium
PORTLAND, ME – Faced with a stock that scientists said had technically “collapsed,” the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section met here Dec. 3 and agreed by consensus to impose a moratorium on shrimp fis...

100-percent coverage on herring midwater boats desired by all – cost the problem
NEWPORT, RI – While pledging to revisit a number of issues related to catch monitoring on Atlantic herring midwater trawl vessels, the New England Fishery Management Council on Nov. 20 did not support the use of emergency action to prohibit the fle...

Dogfish quota to increase in 2014 and 2015
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Even though the fishery has been “under-performing” and the fleet has landed a mere fraction of its 2013 quota, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted during its October meeting here to substantially increase the s...

CFRF whelk, scallop, lobster projects reveal surprises, climate change effects
SOUTH KINGSTON, RI – Fishermen got some surprising news about channeled whelk and engaged in a lively Q&A over Southern New England lobster nursery survey results during a shellfish research session hosted by the Commercial Fisheries Research F...

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