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Coast Guard urges harvesters to fish safely

It is no secret that commercial fishing is a dangerous way to make a living, or that cold weather ups the level of risk. Between March 2009 and January 2010, three draggers, the All American, the Bottom Basher and the Miss Priss, were lost in Cobscook Bay while dragging either for urchins or scallops. Five fishermen lost their lives in the first two sinkings. Fortunately, another dragger fishing in the area of the Miss Priss rescued her crew of three. Last week, the Coast Guard issued a safety warning to remind fishermen of the risks of towing scallop and urchin drags from a point high above the deck. Read [email protected]   11:46