National Fisherman


00 ATYicon NorthEastMaine shop keeps Moonshine running;

granddaughter’s namesake may race



By Michael Crowley

What happens when a wooden Maine lobster boat is deemed too old to haul traps? In some cases, it ends up on the shore, slowly breaking down in the mud and tides. But now and then, someone who appreciates the sweet lines of a nicely crafted hull turns it into a pleasure boat. 

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Stray the course

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The skipper and two-man crew of a 58-foot wood and fiberglass scallop boat they were headed back to Chincoteague, Va., at midnight to off-load about 2,450 pounds of scallops after a 28-hour trip into the Atlantic Ocean. The skipper assigned one of the deckhands the first watch in the pilothouse while he and the other deckhand got some rest.

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Talking shop

What you can do to make sure your next
boatbuilding job is smooth sailing

By Michael Crowley


Talk to fellow boat owners who have been through a similar project that you may be planning, who have been to that yard and can say what happened that they didn’t expect — that cost them money.” 

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Alaska & Pacific / Herring

Industry plagued by low prices, soft demand,

decline in West Coast stocks

By Charlie Ess

Fishermen and processors geared up for the San Francisco herring season as the calendar rolled into 2016. Local fishermen, still reeling from the effects of El Nino and the closures of the 2015 Dungeness crab season, hope the herring harvest will help them make ends meet. 

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Stake your claim

By Jessica Hathaway

Shrinkage. It’s a problem no matter the temperature of the water you’re in, as author Paul Molyneaux describes in his at-sea journey among the sea gypsy fishermen of Ko Lanta, Thailand. I’m talking about working waterfront access, of course. Small-scale fishermen are backed into corners the world over.

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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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