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National Fisherman - March 2014

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Reel Action

Gloucester's bluefin chasers prove why they're the stars of the show

By Shelley Wigglesworth

The spirit of the sea runs deep in the veins of the hardworking commercial fishermen and women who have been making their living off the shores of Gloucester, Mass., for hundreds of years.

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Get in on the act

Any time we cover a commercial fishing reality show, we risk getting caught up in the hype. Some folks will love it, and some will roll their eyes, balking at the lack of reality in so-called reality programming. Whether or not you like the shows, bringing the lives of commercial fishermen into the living rooms of mainstream America is a good thing.

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Northeast

Wood is good for this Maine yard; lobsterman gets a left-handed boat

In an industry defined by fiberglass and metal boats, Peter Kass at John's Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, Maine, is building his 65th wooden boat, and most of them have been for commercial fishermen. This one is a 46' x 15' lobster boat for Stonington, Maine's, Ryan Larrabee. It's a stretched-out version of a 44-foot lobster boat Kass launched last July.

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Alaska & Pacific Herring

San Francisco, Sitka Sound fleets enjoy higher catch limits for sac roe fisheries

Optimistic survey data enabled San Francisco Bay herring gillnetters to begin fishing on a quota of 3,442 short tons on Jan. 1, up sharply from last season's quota of 2,690 tons.

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Fire ignites quick thinking

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

The skipper and two deckhands on an Ilwaco, Wash.-based 58-foot wooden Dungeness crab boat were on a mid-January day trip off Cape Disappointment. One of the deckhands, who doubled as mechanic, didn't like the sounds he heard coming from the engine room around 10 a.m.

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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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