National Fisherman


The U.S. Coast Guard and state police suspended an 80 square-mile search late last night for a fisherman after he'd been missing in 3-foot seas and water temperatures of 49 degrees for nearly 12 hours.

The search for the yet-unidentified crewman feared lost aboard the 42-commercial scallop vessel Twin Lights was called off at 10:42 p.m. The boat capsized about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after it became entangled in fishing gear and sank shortly afterward 2 miles north of Provincetown.

The crew aboard the lobster boat Glutton were able to save a second fisherman who was on deck. The other man was in the pilot house steering the Twin Lights when she rolled over, the Coast Guard said.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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