National Fisherman

Located on the property of H.A. Burnham Boat Building and Design sits a standard-size lobster trap, a fairly common sight on Cape Ann.

A few feet to the left of that trap stands a less common sight: The lobster trap’s much larger cousin, a frame that is four times the size of the standard, wooden lobster trap. While construction on what will eventually be a lobster trap that measures 12 feet long, six feet high and nine feet deep is still in the early stages, simply seeing the item up close with the smaller trap right next to it allows the mind to fill in the blanks as to what this project will be within a matter of weeks.

It’s a cold evening in January and boatbuilder Howard Burnham is working with Bruce Slifer on the project as the sun sets and the temperature descends into the single digits. When asked what the goal of the project will be once it’s completed and moved from Essex to Maritime Gloucester, Burnham grins from ear to ear and states, “We’re hoping to capture an underutilized species.”

Read the full story at Wicked Local Essex>>

Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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