National Fisherman

National Fisherman — June 2015

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Legends and luxuries

By Jessica Hathaway

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially when it comes to passionate affairs with the sea. And so it has been for Frank “Thumper” Eicherly IV, who owns and fishes the Maggie S. Myers, a 122-year-old fishing schooner, the oldest on Delaware Bay and the only one under sail. Thumper admits that he’s under her spell and has spent more than $250,000 restoring the wooden boat, piece by piece. Writer and photographer Jay Fleming profiles Thumper, the Maggie S. Myers and the eclectic crew of this living legend on page 24.

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Thumper's legend

Under sail on the Maggie S. Myers, 

Delaware Bay’s oldest working schooner

Story and photos by Jay Fleming

Once I grabbed Maggie’s tail, she took me for a ride and cleared my bank account,” says waterman Frank Eicherly IV, 56, of his relationship with the Maggie S. Myers, the oldest working schooner on Delaware Bay.

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00 ATYicon NorthEastMaine shop delivers a pearl of a boat;
brothers build on an American legacy


By Michael Crowley

If you are off the Down East Maine shoreline — especially in the vicinity of Bar Harbor — you won’t have a problem recognizing Phil Black’s lobster boat. Though there was a time when if you came out of a fog bank and the first thing you saw was the boat’s transom, you might have been a bit uneasy.

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Alaska & Pacific SALMON

Bristol Bay sockeye stocks still rising;

West Coast quotas on par with 2014


By Charlie Ess

A huge Bristol Bay sockeye forecast and holdover inventories of canned pink salmon are among the factors setting the stage for this year’s salmon season in Alaska. West Coast trollers, meanwhile, can expect harvest quotas mimicking last year’s season.

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Caught up in the line

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

One August day at 2:45 p.m., the skipper and sternman of a 39-foot, fiberglass lobster boat were setting the day’s last string of traps.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

It is with great sadness that Furuno USA announced the passing of industry veteran and long-time Furuno employee, Ed Davis, on April 30.
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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