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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.



Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

eastofhagueline cover2East of the Hague Line
By Gordon Holmes
Trafford Publishing, 2012
676 pp., hardcover, $35.44; softcover, $25.44; e-book, $3.99

There isn't a lot of down time on a fishing boat at sea, so it may take a fisherman some time to get through the more than 600 pages that make up Gordon Holmes' novel "East of the Hague Line." The good news is it's worth taking that time.

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Nathan and the Stone Crabs
By J.B. Crawford
CreateSpace, 2011
Softcover, 216 pp., $12.95,

"Stone crabs is the onliest things in the ocean that a man can take out, harvest, return to the water and then come back to harvest again," writes J.B. Crawford in his novel "Nathan and the Stone Crabs." "Stone crabs, they live on. Come back to fight another day."

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St. Joseph and the Sea
Fishermen, Faith and Redemption by the Ocean
By Daniel Chiasson
CreateSpace, 2012
Softcover, 206 pp., $8.99

It's one thing for a person to figure out what they'd like to do for a living. It's another to figure out who they are, and what kind of a person they want to be.

And if they are so fortunate as to develop concrete answers to those Big Questions, there's still the matter of taking action to fulfill those desires. That's no small task.

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Living to Fish, Fishing to Live

Life and Trials of Fishing Fever in Alaska

By Dennis Sperl

Ensign Group International, 2011

Softcover, 404 pp., $12.95

Exploring the 'fishing fever' phenomenon

"This book tries to explain the fishing fever phenomenon by examples of how the infection gets into one's blood," writes Dennis Sperl, a Petersburg, Alaska, fisherman in "Living to Fish, Fishing to Live". His book's stories and poems, Sperl writes, offer examples of "a life-long affliction that has no cure."

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Tough Island
True Stories from Matinicus, Maine
By Crash Barry
Maine Misadventures, 2011
Hardcover, 130 pp., $18.00

Author’s stint as sternman on Maine’s Matinicus Island turns a wanderer into a writer

Only the folks who live and fish on Matinicus Island really know what the remote Maine island, located 20 miles out to sea, is like. Maine author Crash Barry doesn’t claim to be a Matinicus expert. But “Tough Island,” his memoir on the two years he spent there working as a lobster boat sternman offers one man’s view of what life there was like. Add a comment

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1215 The Scallop ChristmasThe Scallop Christmas
By Jane Freeberg, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels
Islandport Press, 2009
Hardcover, 34 pp., $16.95

How often do you come across a Christmas story that has a commercial fishing backdrop? "The Scallop Christmas," does and it will make a nice addition to your family's holiday traditions.

According to author Jane Freeberg, who lives on Maine's Georgetown Island, the book is based on a true story told to her by a friend who lived most of the story. "It rattled around in my brain for 35 years," Freeberg writes, "and when it came to mind, I'd think, 'That's a great story, I ought to write it down.'"
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Bird of Passage
A Novel
By E.K. King
Infinity Publishing, 2010
Softcover, 276 pp., $14.95

Shark-tracking trip with scientist is the basis for an entertaining first novel

“Sharks • sex • science” scream the words on the back cover used to promote E.K. King’s first novel, “Bird of Passage.” The better description of the world young Calvin Landry stumbles into also
appears on the back cover: “Hard work, no pay, and embarrassing conditions.” Add a comment

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Inside the Industry

The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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Cummins  announced the opening of a new Alaska service location on Kodiak Island last week that will serve as a service and support location for commercial marine applications.

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