Category Archive: October ’13

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

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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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Guest Column – Coping with wind farms through ‘best practices,’ mitigation, planning – John Williamson

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In the global picture, offshore wind power is an increasing part of the energy mix in Europe, China, and Japan.  The world leader in offshore wind production, the United Kingdom (UK), which includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, has ambitious plans for quadrupling its present capacity by 2020.  The race is on. Although the …

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Industry pans draft bluefin Amendment 7

GLOUCESTER, MA – Many of the principal people involved in the bluefin tuna and swordfish fisheries got their first detailed explanation of draft Amendment 7 to the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan during a Sept. 4 public hearing conducted here by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Most were dismayed, mainly …

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Guest Column – Health Insurance

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Health insurance for all:  A new era begins The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, requires most Americans to obtain health insurance by Jan. 1 or pay a tax penalty.  It’s set to go online on Oct 1.  Most people, especially the many fishermen and their families who don’t already have health insurance, …

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Surf Clams

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Goody Hallet outfitted as a clam boat.
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Goody Hallet:  Nolan’s dream made real PROVINCETOWN, MA – Large, new-to-the-area fishing vessels are seldom seen around any port on Cape Cod these days.  So, the arrival of Scott and Max Nolan’s 80′ Goody Hallet at the town dock in Provincetown earlier this year was big news on the waterfront. The father and son duo …

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Titan successfully fishing the Grand Banks

The 111' Titan was refitted with upgraded freezer equipment to ready the dragger for Grand Banks fishing.
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NEW BEDFORD, MA – After a hiatus of almost 20 years, a New England vessel is back on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.  Carlos Rafael’s freezer-equipped, New Bedford-based 111′ groundfish trawler Titan has been making trips to the fabled distant water fishing grounds since last year. Although US-flagged vessels have a long history of working …

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Lobsters – Prices, data, collaborative

Processor demand pushes boat price increase  Twelve days before Labor Day lobster catches in certain parts of the coast had dropped off.  Processors in the US and Canada needed product.  The result:  the boat price jumped 10 cents/lb for new shells.  At ports where the catch had dropped off earlier, the price had risen earlier; …

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Editorial – Work, goodwill yield relief for gillnetters

In a welcome turn of events, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to eliminate the consequence closure strategy it implemented in 2010 as an incentive for gillnetters to use pingers to keep harbor porpoise out of their gear. The move, which was announced on Aug. 26, came about through the willingness of people …

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Working Waterfront Festival to showcase industry

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NEW BEDFORD, MA – The Working Waterfront Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a retrospective look at how commercial fishing and fishing communities have changed over the past decade. Scheduled to take place Sept. 28-29 here in the number-one dollar-value port in the nation, this year’s festival will explore past themes …

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New Boat – Lindsay’s Turn

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  Builder: SW Boatworks, Lamoine, ME Finisher: Simmons Boatworks, Friendship, ME Owner: Rex Benner, Friendship, ME     Dimensions: 44′x17’6″ Designer: Calvin Beal Jr., Beals Island, ME Fishery: Lobster Hull: Solid fiberglass Top: Molded unit; foam cored Power: C12 Caterpillar (700 hp @ 2300 rpm) w/2.47:1 ZF 360A marine gear; Milton Cat Speed: 20 knots …

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