National Fisherman

NF Northeast ATY Icon 16Federal grant puts diesels in seiner; Maine yard busy with repowers


By Michael Crowley

In March, the Providian was tied up at the wharf of New England Fish Co. in Portland, Maine, where the last bit of work was being done after the seiner-trawler’s two 1,500-hp Detroit Diesel 16V-149 main engines had been pulled out at Fore River Dock and Dredge in South Portland.


A quick turnover


62-foot stern-reel dragger set sail on a January morning with a crew of three for several days of groundfishing off the coast of northern New England.


Doing more with more

The news is filled with stories about catastrophic fish diseases cropping up in farmed fish stocks, threatening both farmed and wild populations — the tilapia lake virus and Chile’s infectious salmon anemia. 


Catching the Codfather

The arrest of New Bedford, Mass., seafood kingpin Carlos Rafael leaves a ripple effect in New England’s struggling groundfish fleet

As New England fishermen and federal regulators feuded for years over fishing quotas and the catch share system, one figure seemed to stand apart, like a fighter untouched in a steel cage match.While others fought, Carlos Rafael defended his turf, building the biggest Northeast fleet, deriding all challengers — including other fishermen, who raised concerns about his massed groundfish permits.


Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.


The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.


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