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March 2013

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March 2013


FISH SAFE - Prevent flooding: Keep an eye on your hatches

by Ann Backus – On Feb. 4, the 47' Capt R M Chace began flooding off Chatham, MA.  This story had a good ending.  All four crewmembers donned survival suits and were rescued by personnel from the local Coast Guard station.  The boat was dewat...


Guest Column - Fishermen safety Can’t beat training; attend courses - by J.J. Bartlett

With changes in Massachusetts and federal laws making health insurance more available to all, the Fishing Partnership Health Plan has changed its focus and its name. Now called Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS), our mission is to sup...


Fishermen, scientists expand search for young-of-year SNE lobsters

NARRAGANSETT, RI – Twenty one years after the first suction survey sampling in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay of post-larval lobster settlers, known as young-of-year (YOY), Rick Wahle returned in 2011 and 2012 to resample the bay’s Southern Ne...


ME scallopers question area closures

HALLOWELL, ME – Roughly 45 fishermen crowded into a room here on Feb. 12 for a meeting of the Maine Department of Marine Resource’s (DMR) Scallop Advisory Council to voice their opinions on whether or not additional restrictions were necessary ...


Shrimp 2013: Low landings discourage fleet

WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – As the month of February was drawing to a close, shrimp fishermen in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts were still plugging along, trying to salvage what they could from the extremely slow-going and disappointing 2...


SNE/MA winter flounder: A 2013 ‘bright spot’

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Framework Adjustment 50 to the federal groundfish plan contains a new, industry-supported approach for dealing with Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) winter flounder. On Jan. 30, the New England Fishery Management Counc...


Cod quotas slashed to ‘unviable’ levels

PORTSMOUTH, NH – The groundfish industry has suffered through far more than its fair share of turbulent chapters over the past two decades – everything from the painful introduction of limited entry in Amendment 5 to the loss of friends who could...


NOAA Fisheries Navigator – March 2013

Insert to the March 2013 Commercial Fisheries News Contents: More Opportunities to Sustainably Harvest Swordfish Promosed Increased Quota Allows for a Directed Butterfish Fishery Collaborative Survey to Gather Black Sea Bass Assessment Data ...



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