Category Archive: November ’16

Sharing stories with Paul McFarland

by Brian Robbins ROCKLAND, ME – I’d heard Paul McFarland’s voice nearly 40 years before I met him face-to-face.  I can’t tell you that I recognized the voice when the tall, smiling man met me in the main office of the O’Hara Corporation in Rockland; I’d only heard it over the single sideband radio back …

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CFN Shakedown Cruise: Osmond 47

SOUTH ADDISON, ME – Truth be known, Alex Thompson says he’s been wanting an Osmond 47 from H&H Marine ever since the Steuben, ME boat builders first started producing the 47’4”x19’2” model back in 2007. But, at the time, Alex elected to go with a smaller boat (although you can’t really refer to an Osmond …

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NMFS to hold two November hearings…

… on draft EA for Atlantic highly migratory species management plan amendment ST. PETERSBURGS, FL – NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for public comment on the proposed Amendment 10 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (HMS FMP) that would update the Essential …

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FISH SAFE: A November to-do list

Get boat, gear, and house in order Spending less time on the water now that the sun goes down early? If you don’t follow the lobsters out to their offshore hideouts in the winter months, or get ready to head south for warmer weather, you probably have developed a number of tasks that you like …

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New England council makes progress on Deep Sea Corals Omnibus Amendment

Danvers, MA – As of the Sept. 20-22 New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) meeting, two of the major delays to progress on the Deep Sea Corals Omnibus Amendment have been resolved, allowing the Plan Development Team (PDT) to move forward on the draft environmental assessment.  Deep sea corals are slow-growing, fragile deep water animals …

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NOAA Fisheries Navigator – November 2016

EXCLUSIVE 4-Page Insert from the November 2016 edition of Commercial Fisheries News NOTE TO READERS — There is a significant error in the Windowpane Accountability Measures article on page 2 of this month’s PRINT version of the Navigator.  It says “…therefore scallop vessels cannot use dredge gear in the area west of 71 [deg] W. longitude for …

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Product News: Friendship Trap’s GorillaWood runners

FRIENDSHIP, ME – Friendship Trap Company (FTC) refers to its new GorillaWood trap runners as being made from “the toughest species in the jungle.” FTC did extensive research to find the best junglewood to use in tough marine environments – and the result bears the GorillaWood name. Its high silica content makes it naturally resistant …

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Product News: N-Viro scallop dredge

PEMBROKE, ME – Now available in the US, N-Viro Dredge is a Scottish-born and patented product that harvests scallops from the seabed using spring tines rather than cutting bars. These tines allow non-targeted species or juvenile stocks to pass under the dredge and not end up in the bag or belly to be crushed or …

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Product News: ProtectPak recyclable packaging

GARDNER, MA – An interesting innovation in seafood packaging is now available: fluted polypropylene boxes manufactured by ProtectPak. These boxes were developed by longtime packaging people in response to both shippers and seafood end users.  Both groups were disappointed by the lack of innovation in available packaging and the fact that nearly all of the …

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Product News: Guy Cotten foul weather gear joins fight against breast cancer

NEW BEDFORD, MA – Guy Cotten USA has recently signed a marketing agreement with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to help promote the fight against breast cancer.  Guy Cotten will donate 5% of US sales of their popular rain gear, fleece wear, and boots to BCRF. The company will also create a whole new …

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