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September 2013

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September 2013


FISH SAFE: Take steps to avoid accidental EPIRB activations

by Ann Backus – Whether you fish commercially for lobsters, scallops, groundfish, or other species, you probably own an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).  These instruments are vital for helping the Coast Guard locate you and...


Elver issues unresolved at ASMFC

ASMFC still at odds over glass eel fishery ALEXANDRIA, VA – Maine elver fishermen left an Aug. 7 meeting here relieved that the threat of a coastwide fishery closure appeared to be off the table.  But it now looks like sharp quota restrictions ma...


ASMFC approves herring 10percent rollover, seasonal quota splits, closure triggers

ALEXANDRIA, VA – With no dissent and very little discussion, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Atlantic Herring Section voted on Aug. 6 to approve Addendum VI to Amendment 2 of the interstate herring plan. The addendum:...


Buxton Boats launches wooden 38' Seasong

STONINGTON, ME – “Yeah!” I was crouched in the stern of Peter Buxton’s Susan Marie, a 37' REPCO that he completely rebuilt a few years back.  A former lobster boat/gillnetter/dragger, the Susan Marie sees much easier duty these days, as B...


Fishermen, scientists investigate skate mortality in scallop dredges

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Skates are a nuisance on scallop boats, where sorting them from the pile and tossing them back overboard takes up valuable crew time. Nonetheless, several New Bedford scallopers have been participating in a study designed to be...


Geir Monsen - Ardent industry advocate, Seafreeze co-founder

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – As the fishing industry got good news on river herring, it lost one of its strongest advocates.  Geir Monsen, vice-president and co-founder of Davisville, RI-based Seafreeze Ltd., died unexpectedly on July 27 at the age of 62...


NOAA FIsheries Navigator September 2013

Insert to the September 2013 Commercial Fisheries News Click here to download and read the NOAA Fisheries Navigator (520K .pdf)




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