Category Archive: February ’15

New Boats of 2014 – Special Supplement

25 NEW BOATS of 2014 – sponsored by Furuno • DETAILS • SPECS • PHOTOS • COMMENTS • PLUS: Featured launching Sea Monster – Modified REPCO honors Pinkham’s father Click cover to open Flip-book

LMR – Lobster industry settles into seasonal slowdown

The January, post-holiday lobster market was about weather, a whale-protection closure, and Canadian lobster. The US lobster market, all but stopped after the holidays, was in its usual January doldrums.  Bitterly cold weather and wind kept Maine and Massachusetts fishermen from being able to fish much from Dec. 27 through Jan. 14, when calls for …

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Richard Stanley’s dream: wooden hulls, ‘glass tops

BASS HARBOR, ME – Cold – oh, wasn’t it cold.  Whatever the thermometer said was one thing; the wind screeching out of the northwest added its own twist.  You almost had to lean into it to make headway from the car to the door of Richard Stanley’s boat shop on the nubble of Little Island …

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Maine Line – Mattie Lynn II: she’s a big girl

New 42 gets the XXL beam treatment Sometimes 15’3″ just isn’t wide enough. Take Matt Huntley’s new 42 Osmond Mattie Lynn II, for instance.  H&H Marine of Steuben, ME offers the Osmond Beal-designed model with a standard beam of a little over 15 feet – but Bucks Harbor lobsterman Matt Huntley wanted all the optional …

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Raised footropes cut sturgeon bycatch, retain stripers in VA’s gillnet fishery

POQUOSON, VA – Waterman George Trice has spent a good number of fishing days over the last 10 years involved with Atlantic sturgeon – first trying to catch them and now showing how not to catch them. Working alongside university and agency researchers in a cooperative research program of the Marine Advisory Service (MAS) at …

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Assessing forage fish part of Mid-Atlantic’s move toward ecosystem management

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently tackled the first of five policy documents that ultimately will be used to develop a guidance document for moving forward with an “ecosystem approach to fisheries management ” (EAFM). Due out later this year, the EAFM guidance document will be a synthesis of position papers on …

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EDITORIAL – Boats, news, and more boats in this issue of CFN

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-page supplement recaps 2014 new boat launches from the pages of Commercial Fisheries News.  …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Inspection, maintenance – Follow a schedule

by Fred Mattera – It is the responsibility of the captain and crew to inspect and maintain all vessel systems constantly.  For me, a checklist was my means of tracking the maintenance schedule, so I’ve made one here to get you started. Since I no longer have a vessel to walk through and refresh my …

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