Their eyes were watching cod
A midcoast Maine longline survey keeps tabs on groundfish
By Paul Molyneaux
An hour before dawn on a late summer morning, wind blowing in from the southwest, I arrive with 42-year-old lobsterman Jason Joyce at Burnt Coat Harbor on Swans Island, Maine. Dim shadows of boats lay on their moorings, and under a light near the end of the Joyce family’s wharf, Jason pauses to talk to his father, Carlton Joyce.
Mass. yard building scalloper; home to Maine for repowering
After launching the 95-foot scalloper Concordia in December 2011 for Malvin Kvilhaug of South Dartmouth, Mass., Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, Mass., has another scalloper under construction.
The new boat will measure 79' x 26' and is for Kirk Larson of Barnegat Light, N.J. She was designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects with offices in Newcastle, Maine, and Fairhaven, Mass. Fairhaven Shipyard's Kevin McLaughlin says he "believes the scalloper will replace an existing boat."
Alaska & Pacific Herring
Quota booms in the bay, sinks in Sitka; new buyer could plump fleet's prices
San Francisco Bay's gillnet herring fleet began fishing on a bigger quota when the 2012-13 season opened on Jan. 2. Moreover, substantial catch level reductions in Alaska's fabled Sitka fishery, plus an Alaska processor's interest in California product could boost ex-vessel prices for San Francisco sac roe harvesters.
Cool head prevails in fire
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
Following a successful swordfish and tuna trip, the skipper of a wooden longliner dropped off his crew for some well-earned rest at a North Carolina port one early February day. Looking at a 30-hour steam to his northeast Florida home port to offload his catch, the skipper hired a new crewman to help man the helm and stand watch.
Our house: Crab on holiday
Everyone sing with me now, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." It's crab season in our house — Dungeness crab to be exact. In our house, this is the make or break time of year to replenish the checkbook after its yearlong battle with the bills and tuition, and if we are really lucky and the Crab Gods smile, maybe just maybe, we can buy Crabdaddy a new truck this year.
National Fisherman Live for March 11, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the appointment of John M.R. Bull as Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. John Bull has been with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission since June 2007 and has been serving as Acting Commissioner since January 2014.
PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial groundfishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.