National Fisherman


BREWSTER — Sailors have used alternative fuels on the high seas for a lot longer than people on land have – think sails.

But in today's world are there viable alternatives to oil and gas than can help hard-pressed fishermen keep on fishing in our world of restrictions?

Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association hosted a seminar for local Fishermen on alternative fuels Wednesday evening.

Fisherman Jan Margeson has added a hydrogen electrolyzer to his boat.

"It's like a tube, with two electrodes and it uses distilled water and makes hydrogen gas that goes into the turbocharger and produces cleaner combustion in the cylinder," he explained. "It cleans a lot of the carbon out of the engine and the exhaust. Usually there is a lot of carbon in a diesel engine. That alone is a big plus. So it's cleaning that up and is supposed to improve the mileage."

The fuel cell is used in conjunction with Margeson's regular engine. He has noticed improved efficiency and hopes to see more as the engine cleans up and hopefully it won't be long before the $3,000 fuel cell is a profitable investment.

"I think there's been a 5 percent increase in fuel (mileage). It's already paying for itself and cleaning the engine. I can see a big difference," Margeson said. "We've been running to southern New England a 12-hour day each way, we go 100 miles offshore so we're getting there [to a payoff] quickly."

Last year Margeson spent more than $40,000 on fuel so even a 5 percent savings is significant.

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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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