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Danny Staples: a good man puts up a good fight

CUSHING, ME – “I grew up in Rockland, but I spent my summers out on Metinic Island until I was 10.  My father lobstered off there; he did that for years.  I remember going in his workshop and finding a long lath and putting a point on it – like the bow of a boat.  …

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Op-Ed: Fishermen file suit over Northeast Marine National Monument

A coalition of New England fishing organizations filed suit in early March over former President Barack Obama’s designation of a vast area of ocean as a national monument – a dictate that could sink commercial fishing in New England. The organizations filing the lawsuit are the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MaLA), Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association (AOFA), Long …

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WHEEL WATCH: Moises Ortiz – Puerto Rican roots; Downeast heart

Michael Hunt’s 46’ Gavin & Dawson – our cover boat this month – is a pretty elaborate and well laid-out boat.  When Mike tells me that it took about 7-1/2 months to build it, I’m not shocked; but when I realize that finisher Moises Ortiz worked by himself for much of the project, I am …

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Safe-Boat Smart-Boat: The safe onboard use of space heaters and extension cords

Recently one of our local vessels experienced a pilothouse-to-living quarters fire due to a portable electric heater and extension cord. The pilothouse was subsequently removed and replaced with a new pilothouse and the interior was gutted and is presently being remodeled. The only positives are that there was no loss of life or injuries and …

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NOAA Fisheries Navigator – April 2017

EXCLUSIVE 4-Page Insert from the April 2017 edition of Commercial Fisheries News (Click page to download .pdf file)

Conventional media, social media, events all working to deliver Maine lobster story to bigger, broader audience

Progress report from the executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Cooperative by Matt Jacobson PORTLAND, ME – Here at the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) our strategy and goals are to reach a large audience. We want to drive awareness of Maine lobster in all its forms, and we want to spark demand for our …

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Fishermen participating in sampling program fill nets

BRISTOL, ME – The season for the Maine 2017 Northern Shrimp Cooperative Winter Sampling Program began here on Jan. 30. Not long after the sampling got underway, shrimp trawler fishermen Troy Benner, David Osier, and Arthur Poland Jr. were spotted in Muscongus Bay. And, on Feb. 2, Benner was spotted hauling in a net full of …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Mussel Ridge 44.5

by Brian Robbins Welcome to another CFN Shakedown Cruise. Periodically, we will focus on a new launch and dig a little deeper into what went into the project – whether it be a new model or a hull well known to the New England commercial market.  What we hope to do is provide insight and …

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Bob Mitchell of R.A. Mitchell: “You do what it takes”

by Brian Robbins NEW BEDFORD, MA – These days R.A. Mitchell Co., Inc. is probably best known as a source for John Deere-powered auxiliary drives and gensets (along with propulsion engines) – and a full line of Mitsubishi diesels that range from a 429-horse 6-cylinder up to a 1676 hp V-16. But when I was …

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ASMFC’s Lobster Technical Committee reports on Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank stock status

ALEXANDRIA, VA – After wrestling with the Southern New England lobster stock recruitment collapse, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Lobster Management Board tasked its Technical Committee (TC) with identifying potential issues in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank (GOM/GBK) stock to forestall similar problems. TC Chair Kathleen Reardon reported back at ASMFC’s recent …

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