October 9, 2020
Flashback Friday — October 1970 Expert crewmen aboard the New Bedford dragger Ellen Marie prepare to dump their nets on deck while fishing on Georges Bank. The life of the New England deep-sea fisherman is depicted with great authenticity and feeling in a new book, “The Dragger,” with photos and text by William Finn. (NF Cover December 1970)
Oct. 3, 1970 — NMFS is born. Fisheries management makes a move at the federal level. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Commercial Fisheries will become the National Marine Fisheries Service under the Commerce Department.
Director Philip M. Roedel will transition with the agency. When refloating efforts failed after the 68-foot trawler Patricia M went aground in June at South Jacksonville Beach, Fla., owner Matt C. Rowland of Atlantic Beach removed as much of her gear as possible and then turned the hulk over to the insurance company. E.M. Hagen of Jacksonville was hired to do the job of clearing the debris and began burning her piecemeal. (NF December 1970) The crew of the John N. Cobb tests methods for handling blackcod pots on bottom setlines out of Seattle. The fish, typically sold as bycatch on halibut longlines, go for about 25 cents a pound. (NF December 1970)
Did you see Twin Disc at the American Commercial Fish Exposition in 1970?