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EDITORIAL: In defense of the council process
(06-30-2015)
How do you know when the New England Fishery Management Council has made a good decision? Virtually nobody is happy. Cynical?  Perhaps, but that has seemingly been the case with recent council actions that have spawned a firestorm of reactions...


EDITORIAL: Summertime – Another season of lobster boat racing
(05-26-2015)
By the time most of you see this, the pages of the old shop calendar will have turned to June.  And that means just one thing. The start of another season of lobster boat racing here on the coast of Maine … and by all early indications this one...


EDITORIAL: Barbs and bouquets – Some folks get it right, others have no clue
(04-29-2015)
From the newly-established Commercial Fisheries News (CFN) “awards desk” this month, a couple of well-deserved bouquets. First, to Laura Orleans and the board of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Inc. (FHC). Orleans’ name may alread...


EDITORIAL – It’s not the error, it’s how you handle it
(03-30-2015)
One look at this month’s cover and two thoughts quickly come to mind. Is that summer, really?  Will we ever see it again? And is that a woman we see working on deck in those oilskins? Yes it is.  And not just any woman. That is Shanno...


EDITORIAL - 40 years of ME Fishermen’s Forums: Why so special?
(03-03-2015)
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and Trade Show, a notable milestone worthy of celebration, recognition, and a few moments of personal reflection. I haven’t been at all 40 forums – though I know several of ...


EDITORIAL - Boats, news, and more boats in this issue of CFN
(01-26-2015)
Christmas may have come and gone, but that’s not stopping us from giving readers a little something extra in this issue. As the cover “teaser” promises, this issue marks the return of our popular Year of New Boats review. This special 12-...


EDITORIAL – A heartfelt thank you for your support of CFN
(12-23-2014)
As the year draws to a close, it seems natural to take time to consider what we’ve accomplished, the challenges on the horizon, and the people who have helped us rise above life’s difficulties to become the best we can be. And that’s what we...


EDITORIAL – Whale rule change shows that cooperation works
(11-25-2014)
On Nov. 6, barely four months after announcing the latest adjustment to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule to change the Massachusetts Restricted Area closure start dat...


EDITORIAL – Science must acknowledge climate change effects
(10-29-2014)
Populations of many fish species – summer flounder, butterfish, squid, black sea bass, cod, and bluefin tuna to name a few – are clearly being impacted by changing ocean water temperatures.  The challenge now is to realign fisheries stock assess...


EDITORIAL – Weigh in on the future of fluke management
(09-29-2014)
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,...


EDITORIAL - It’s your future: Prepare for habitat hearings
(07-28-2014)
Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated, they have.  The New England Fishery Management Council is gearing up for public hearings on proposed Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Amendment 2.  Once finalized, this massive amend...


EDITORIAL – Time for a quota increase for western bluefin
(06-23-2014)
Summertime is when the thoughts of people in the bluefin business turn to fishing.  Chasing bluefin is potentially profitable, true.  But on that perfect day when the fish are biting or skimming the surface in a harpooner’s sight, it also can be ...


EDITORIAL – Creative financing can buoy fishing businesses
(05-27-2014)
The decline of the groundfish fishery, depressed lobster prices, the sluggish economy, and other factors have created serious financial problems for many fishing-related businesses in the Northeast.  Most everyone has heard the adage that “it take...


EDITORIAL – Butterfish: An assessment success story
(04-21-2014)
The latest butterfish stock assessment is a game changer, not just for the long-finned (Loligo) squid fishery, which has been stymied by a butterfish bycatch cap, but for the way some stock assessments could be conducted in the future. Published i...


EDITORIAL - Planning the future of Maine’s lobster fishery
(03-24-2014)
Given the fundamental importance of lobstering to the livelihoods of thousands of people, fishing communities, and the economy of the state of Maine, it makes sense that everyone involved wants to do all they can to safeguard the fishery’s future. ...


EDITORIAL - Safety matters: Time for a quick review
(02-24-2014)
Taking up the theme of fishing vessel safety can be a hazardous thing to do in a CFN editorial since it entails walking that fine line between helpfully calling readers’ attention to a fundamentally important topic and alienating them with nagging....


EDITORIAL - Disaster aid secured: Now, how to spend it
(01-27-2014)
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...


EDITORIAL – Northeast fisheries merit federal support
(11-19-2013)
The tremendous importance of Northeast fisheries to local, state, and national economies is the main message of “Fisheries of the United States 2012,” the latest installment of the annual report from the National Marine Fisheries Service that com...


EDITORIAL – Efforts to build US dogfish market could pay off
(10-21-2013)
Groundfish boats need something to fish on, and there are more than enough spiny dogfish around, along with a hefty 40.8-million-pound quota for the 2013 fishing year.  But, at 12-to-14 cents per pound, it’s a rare fisherman who can make a day’s...


EDITORIAL – Work, goodwill yield relief for gillnetters
(09-23-2013)
In a welcome turn of events, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to eliminate the consequence closure strategy it implemented in 2010 as an incentive for gillnetters to use pingers to keep harbor porpoise out of their gear. T...


EDITORIAL – Wind farms coming: It’s time to tune in
(05-01-2013)
With the crises enveloping the groundfish, scallop, lobster, and northern shrimp fisheries, everyone in the Northeast commercial fishing industry is exhausted.  It’s understandably difficult for people to even think about redirecting time and ener...

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