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June 2014

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SAFE BOAT - SMART BOAT: Abandoning ship – Boarding the life raft
The crew made a mad dash for the life raft but wasn’t successful.  The flames and heat were far too intense.  The fire had started in the engine room and engulfed the living quarters and pilothouse.  Everyone had to abandon ship wearing their im...

New scallopers for Nordic Fisheries, O’Hara Corp.
NEW BEDFORD, MA – So what’s happening at Eastern Fisheries in New Bedford these days?  Plenty, it turns out, with the arrival of two more brand new 90' scallopers for long-time business partners Peter Anthony and Ron and Roy Enoksen of Nordic Fi...

MLMC reopens search for executive director
PORTLAND, ME – The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) suffered a bit of a setback in mid-May when its chosen candidate to become the group’s new executive director dropped out at the last minute due to personal reasons. During its Ma...

Editorial: Creative financing can buoy fishing businesses
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...

Gulf of Maine: Pierce forces debate on inshore/offshore areas
MYSTIC, CT – In a stunning turn of events, the New England Fishery Management Council has decided to allow further consideration of new proposals for Amendment 18 to the groundfish plan that would create a different playing field for vessels fishin...

New Bedford fishermen’s monument, memorial website near completion
NEW BEDFORD, MA – The port of New Bedford soon will have a new monument honoring fishermen, as well as a special website dedicated to remembering those lost at sea since 1925.  The two efforts are not officially connected but both were born of a d...

Herring FW 4 calls for third-party catch verification; empty fish holds
MYSTIC, CT – In addition to the 15-nautical-mile move-along measure for slippage events, Framework Adjustment 4 to the federal herring plan contains two other provisions that may place more conditions on the herring fishery in general if approved b...

New England council adopts 15-nm move-along for herring midwater trawl ‘slippage’
MYSTIC, CT – Category A and B herring vessels may be required to move 15 nautical miles (nm) after experiencing a “slippage” event related to mechanical failure, safety concerns, or spiny dogfish that clog their pumps.  If slippage occurs for ...

FW 4 to allow operational discards on herring midwater boats in open areas
MYSTIC, CT – Atlantic herring fishermen who hold Category A and B permits may be forced to work under an additional layer of “slippage” restrictions if the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approves as adopted by the New England Fishery ...

Scallopers ramp up efforts to avoid yellowtail
NEW BEDFORD, MA – Scallopers are now completely prohibited from possessing yellowtail flounder, a move that industry leaders supported to encourage all vessels to steer clear of this species as much as possible. The prohibition was included in a...

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