National Fisherman

Fishermen returned to the waters of Tabusintac, N.B. on Tuesday, three days after three young lobster fishermen were lost at sea.

While the business of fishing and selling lobster has resumed in the area, the tragedy is weighing heavy on the fishermen's hearts.

"Well, everybody just feels terrible...can't believe that it happened and it's going to take a while to get over it,' says fisherman James MacEachern. "Every time we go in and out of the gully that's all you're thinking about."

The gully is a strip of water off shore where boats must go to access fishing grounds.

Samuel-René Boutin, 23, of Saumarez, Alfred Rousselle, 32, of Brantville and Ian Benoit, 35, of Tabusintac were killed when their boat hit a sandbar near Tabusintac on Saturday.

Their bodies were recovered from the shoreline over the weekend following an extensive search of the area.

Many fishermen in Tabunsintac knew the men lost at sea.

"You don't feel as happy to go fishing as it was before, that's for sure," says fisherman Adam Robichaud. "Because, like, here we're a big family. Everybody helps each other so it's a big loss for sure."

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

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Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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