Written by Linc Bedrosian
Thursday, 06 June 2013
Our August boatbuilding story, which you'll find on page 28, is a good-news story for several reasons. For one, anytime our longtime field editor Larry Chowning, who pens our Around the Yards South column, delivers a boatbuilding story, it's good news. Larry has shared his knowledge and affection for the region's vessels and boatbuilders with NF readers for many years.
For another, the Charlotte Catherine, built by J.C. Kinnamon Construction on Maryland's Tilghman Island, is a good-looking 39-foot fiberglass-over-wood deadrise workboat. She's more than just a pretty face, though.
The Charlotte Catherine, built for Chesapeake Bay waterman Thomas Lee Walton of Urbanna, Va., (that's Walton at the boat's control at left) will harvest blue crabs and oysters. She is big enough to easily cover a wide expanse of open water, is ruggedly built, has plenty of power, and her high, skinny bow will help her move easily into oncoming seas.
Her construction also indicates changing fortunes for Virginia's oyster harvesters. The diseases MSX and dermo devastated the historic oyster fishery for years. But a resurgence in the Virginia fishery is afoot.
Management measures such as rotating public oyster grounds have helped rejuvenate the oyster beds. Over the past decade, Virginia's oyster harvest has risen from 23,000 bushels with a dockside value of $575,000 in 2001 to 250,000 bushels worth $8.25 million last year.
That resurgence led Walton to have Kinnamon build the boat for Walton's sons, Lee and Scott, to go oystering and crabbing. He named the Charlotte Catherine after his mother, who, along with her sister, ran Payne's Crab House in Urbanna for years before retiring in 2012.
With Father's Day on the horizon (that's Sunday, June 16 if you need to get your dad a card and/or a present), it's great to read a story that turns out in part to be about a dad having a boat built for his sons who finds a wonderful way to show his love and respect for his mother.
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...