National Fisherman

As Massachusetts braces for a blizzard, coastal communities from Provincetown to Plum Island plan to close roads, deploy emergency vehicles, and open shelters to keep residents safe amid forecasts of surging seas and high winds.

Up and down the coast on Thursday commercial fishermen hauled in lobster traps and tied up boats in anticipation of as much as 3 feet of snow blanketing parts of Massachusetts.

“It looks like it will be nasty,” said Chuck Parisi, 60, who was stacking yellow, vinyl-coated lobster traps on land near Gloucester Harbor. “Once this area gets filled up with snow, it’s harder to store your traps.”

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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