National Fisherman

Montauk, N.Y. — The Coast Guard said they rescued three fishermen today who were clinging to the bow of a sinking fishing boat from Groton.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven received a distress call from a crew member aboard the Robert James, a 41-foot commercial fishing boat, stating the boat was taking on water and sinking fast off Gardiners Island, N.Y., according to a statement from Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.

The three fishermen were immediately advised to put on their lifejackets. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast and dispatched a 47-foot motor life boat Coast Guard Station Montauk.

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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.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

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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