National Fisherman


BEAUFORT — Third generation boatbuilder Jamie Chadwick pointed to a photo lying on the desk in front of him. The photo, taken Dec. 15, showed 10 older men standing in front of a huge, wooden shrimp trawler frame.

"To me, that's what this is about," he said. "They paved the way."

Those men — most at or approaching their 80s — share one thing in common: A lifetime spent designing and handcrafting wooden boats — humble, working vessels that helped watermen bring the oceans bounty to these shores. Those 10 men represent the last of the old guard; the final few traditional Down East wooden boatbuilders.

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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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