National Fisherman

PROVINCETOWN — State police used their unmanned robot to identify the sunken Twin Lights scallop boat Tuesday in 198-foot waters two miles north of Race Point. But obscured windows in the pilothouse, murky waters and fast currents prevented the robot from revealing whether the body of Capt. Jean Frottier was onboard.

"They weren't able to determine if anyone was in there," Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker said at the Provincetown station after searchers returned to land at about 3 p.m.

The state police will study the videotape taken by the robot, known as a remotely operated vehicle or ROV, and then determine the next step, Klinker said.

The Twin Lights capsized at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 as Frottier, 69, of Wellfleet tried to untangle his equipment from another fisherman's gear. The commercial lobster boat Glutton was nearby and rescued crew member Eric Rego.

Read the full story at Cape Cod Times

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 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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