Written by By Daniel Hildreth
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.
Written by Michael Crowley and Larry Chowning
Maine 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.”
Written by Jessica Hathaway & Sam Hill
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.
Written by John Lee, John DeSantis & Charlie Ess
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.
Written by U.S. Coast Guard reports
Bursting at the seams
A 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.
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.Read more...
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.