National Fisherman

Excerpt: Pumping iron

Maine lobstermen put their engines and reputations on the line

By Michael Crowley

When Glenn Holland first considered racing his 32-foot Red Baron in 1981, there was a rule that limited a boat's engine to 400 horsepower. At that time, the major Maine lobster boat race was on July 4, down Moosabec Reach, which separates Jonesport and Beals Island.

Holland knew he'd have problems going down to that part of Maine and matching up with the locals. "I'd been talking to those guys a couple of years. You had to be an idiot not to realize those guys were playing with their engines," meaning some engines went well past the 400-horse mark.

Prior to the race, one Beals Island lobsterman was very adamant that the 400-hp limit be enforced. Twenty years later, Holland talked to the mechanic who had been working on the guy's engine. "He told me what he'd been doing to it — a different camshaft and a whole bunch of other shit.

"You didn't have a dyno to test an engine, so what it boils down to is as long as it wasn't obvious the engine had been tinkered with, you could get away with murder."

Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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