National Fisherman


Atlantic | Scallops 

Northeast competition heats up with rebounding inshore Maine crop

By Kirk Moore

Maine’s state waters sea scallop fishery wound up its season in April with 3 million pounds, and prices $18 a pound and better — rebuilt nearly five-fold from 2009.

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Scratch shares

West Coast groundfish species are bouncing back, but choke species, loan payments and observer coverage keep fleet on the ropes

Since the catch-share program was established in 2011, groundfish on the West Coast have come back strong. After being listed as a federal disaster in 2000, rebuilt stocks are resulting in growing quotas.

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shop restoring 1903 oyster sloop

 

By Michael Crowley

The first week in May, the plug was being polished and glassed. By the second week, work was starting on the mold. Custom Coatings in Thomaston, Maine, was doing the finish work on Hutchinson Composites’ plug and mold for the new Mussel Ridge 48' x 17' 6" hull. 

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Don’t be shocked

On a beautiful day in the South Pacific a few days before Christmas, a 92-foot fiberglass longliner was slowly making way with its single diesel engine at idle. The longliner had a 2- to 3-degree port list, had nearly 60 tons of tuna on board and had 18 tons of fuel oil remaining. The crew of 10, which included a skipper and chief engineer, had just finished setting out a string of baited hooks.

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Refusing to forfeit

Following closely behind the pleasure of covering an underappreciated, overworked and yet endlessly inspiring industry, I most love that our mission is to help fishermen around the country see that you are not alone in whatever battle you’re fighting.

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Inside the Industry

Fishermen throughout the Gulf of Mexico are praising Louisiana officials for a series of strong decisions last week that have broken the deadlock of red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Seaweed Festival has been canceled this year due to a rift between the event’s organizers and seaweed harvesters.

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