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National Fisherman - February 2014

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The deed to speed

New Jersey's garvey racers propel a wooden clam-boat tradition with fiberglass rockets

By Kirk Moore

Engines suddenly bark and roar into throttle as brothers Harry and Jeff Von Schmidt vault out onto Barnegat Bay, helmeted heads and life-jacketed bodies thrust back in the seats as direct-drive transmissions kick in.

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Diesel driven

Get your motors running — and keep them that way, at optimum speed. That's what our annual diesel issue is all about. The Diesel Directory, which begins on page 28, offers a rundown of specs on just about every marine engine you could be in the market for, as well as a few stories from fishermen around the country who repowered this year.

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ATY Northeast

Maine shop is packed with new hulls; Rhody yard makes old boats better

"It's crazy around here," says Alice Workman at SW Boatworks. Crazy, as in crazy good. SW Boatworks, which has Young Brothers Boats and Calvin Beal Jr. molds, finishes off hulls, sends bare hulls to finishers and finishes hulls from other builders.

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Atlantic Blue Crab

High prices lone bright spot as stock woes trigger worst season in 20 years

Poor reproduction appeared to trump a boost in the Chesapeake Bay population of female blue crabs going into 2013. But the worst season in 20 years again had watermen and biologists speculating about predator-prey balances in the troubled estuary.

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Loose bolts sink ships

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

Five days into a November scallop trip, a 72-foot trawler and its seven-member crew were 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod.

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Inside the Industry

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.

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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.

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