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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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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