National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

Creating a 61-foot lobster roll is no small feat. But tip your hat to the folks who whipped up this mammoth treat — and for a good cause to boot.

The 61-footer Mainers made last Sunday is likely to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest. And I'm guessing bringing such a monumental creation to life was easier said than done.

Think about it; what grocery store's bread aisle stocks a 61-foot roll?

No, the roll had to be made special. So did its bread pan (which was delivered on a flat bed truck) and the oven it was baked in.

Then there's the matter of filling the roll. An army of volunteers gloved up, and tackled the job of filling the roll with about $1,200 worth of lobster meat. Add lots of Miracle Whip, sprinkle with a blend of special seasonings and voila, you have a lobster roll so big, it must be transported by a passel of volunteers, including Maine Roller Derby skaters.

So how did the lobster roll measure up? When appointed official certifiers Portland mayor Jill Duson and Dane Somers, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council busted out the measuring tape, they found the roll was 61 feet 9 ½ inches long.

That should best the current official Guinness record established in 1997. It's hoped the Portland roll will meet the Guinness folks' exacting standards.

The city's West End Neighborhood Association and Linda Bean's Perfect Maine coordinated the fund-raising event, which was part of Portland's annual Old Port Festival. Sales of 4-inch long slices of the beast were sold, with proceeds going to fund the association's Swimming Scholarship fund. They'll provide swimming lessons for some 250 needy children in Portland's West End. And that leaves a good taste in everyone's mouth.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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