National Fisherman


The potential of the Gulf of Maine

Over the past year, Cashes Ledge and several canyons and seamounts on or near the southern edge of Georges Bank have been proposed as national monuments. We won’t know the outcome for sure until January 2017, but the question remains: Is there a need for a few carefully selected areas in the Gulf of Maine with permanent protection from natural resource use? I believe the answer is yes.

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NF Northeast ATY Icon 16Maine builder is plugged with work; boatshop

favors fast lobster boats

 

By Michael Crowley

Joe Sargent will tell you his boatshop in Milbridge, Maine, could build a lot more boats except for one thing. “We just can’t get the manpower. We could do a lot more but are having to turn stuff away.”

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Pillars of the Port City

Portland, Maine’s waterfront has changed, but locals are committed
to keeping it working

Thirty years ago, when the Portland Fish Exchange was founded, Maine’s largest city had docks lined with draggers, and its cobblestone streets ensnared many a crewman en route from one of the infamous Three Doors of Hell on Commercial Street.

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Atlantic | Fluke 

Quality remains a priority, as sushi market keeps prices on rise

By John Lee

Early summer fluke prices were unusually high with dockside prices often $1.50 to $2 above the average. Much of this had to do with a 30 percent drop in quota. Other flatfish were also unavailable to buyers, which helped drive up the price. 

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Bursting at the seams

65-foot wooden Eastern-rigged dragger was hauled out at a southern New England shipyard. The hull needed extensive restoration at and below the waterline. After seven weeks in dry-dock, it went back in the water just a few hours before the arrival of its skipper and crewman to move the 48-year-old boat to another port up the coast.

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Yielding the yards

There are things it seems you never have to think about or worry about until suddenly you do. I’d like to say that our Boats & Gear editor was one of those things, but it’s not true. 

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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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