Category: May ’16

New scalloper Monomoy joins New Bedford fleet; big boat nearly ready for her maiden fishing trip

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Monomoy – a 100’ Florida-built steel scalloper – is the latest vessel to join the big Eastern/Nordic Fisheries/O’Hara fleet of scallopers based here. Built on a standardized John W. Gilbert Associates design that has served the companies well, Monomoy arrived in New Bedford in February, after an October 2015 launch, and …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Mitchell Cove 35

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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There and back with Tommy Porter – Part II

by Brian Robbins MARBLEHEAD, MA – Our cover story in the January 2016 CFN was veteran fisherman Tommy Porter, sharing tales of growing up in Marblehead, MA; the early days of offshore lobstering on Georges Bank with his brother Manny; his years fishing the Atlantic from one end to the other with the late Bob …

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Northeast Ocean Plan to be released in May: Comments welcomed, participation encouraged

In mid-May, an important New England ocean planning document will be released.  Fishermen in the Northeast should take advantage of the 60-day public comment period that will follow. The Northeast Ocean Plan is a regionally developed blueprint that coordinates the activities of state and federal agencies responsible for New England ocean resources and involves local …

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Editorial: Pat White – The curtain goes down on a class act

There have been few times in the 40-plus years of Commercial Fisheries News that we have set aside this space to honor a fallen colleague. To do so is to risk slighting so many others who have passed without the special recognition. But I could not let the sudden loss this month of industry icon …

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SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Transiting unfamilar waters? Know how to read and use the buoyage system for navigable waters

Due to draconian quota reductions on groundfish in the Northeast, as we all know, many local fishing vessels have shifted their fishing grounds logistically to the south and southwest in recent years. From 2010 through present times, many vessels have bought landing permits for New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina – allowing them access to …

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NOAA Navigator – May 2016

EXCLUSIVE 4-Page Insert  (Click HERE to Download) from the May 2016 Commercial Fisheries News