Tag Archives: Port of New Bedford

Jose forces New Bedford fishing fleet to stay in port

The incoming storm has essentially shut down the fishing industry in New Bedford for at least a day or two. Fishermen are not taking any chances with Jose, and it appeared that nobody was heading out onto the water Tuesday morning. Tony Soares, who works for Carlos Seafood, spent the past 24 hours overseeing the massive effort of tying up and securing almost 40 fishing vessels in the Port of New Bedford “I call everybody [and] make sure everybody tied the boats,” said Soares, who was checking the lines by hand around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Video, click here to read the story 09:09

Don Cuddy: Port of New Bedford needs more dredging if it’s going to grow

It remains hugely frustrating that no one at the state level seems to recognize just how important this port is. When the Seastreak ferry recently broke down, it had to tie up at the State Pier for repairs. This in turn displaced the Voyager, a 130-foot fishing vessel, which had to move to Leonard’s Wharf, where boats are already moored five-deep. “We need updated infrastructure. When you have a 130-foot boat tied to a pier designed for 70-80 foot boats your infrastructure isn’t going to last long,” Ed Anthes-Washburn, the affable executive director of the Harbor Development Commission, told me as we toured the working waterfront in a HDC launch last week. “We also need to activate the rest of our waterfront.” click here to read the story 13:01

Martin Associates Study: Port of New Bedford has $9.8 billion value

The Port of New Bedford had a $9.8 billion economic value in 2015 and generates more than 36,000 jobs in the region, according to a new state-funded study that city and waterfront leaders hope will spur additional state investment in harbor dredging and other improvements. The study indicates the local port’s economic impact is comparable to that of the Port of Boston, which generated more than 50,000 jobs and had a total economic value of $4.6 billion in 2012, according to Martin Associates. The Pennsylvania-based firm also studied the Port of Boston’s economic impact in 2006, for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), and has examined economic impacts of seaport activity in more than 120 U.S. and Canadian ports, from Seattle to Tampa. Martin Associates also conducted the $80,000 Port of New Bedford study, which was funded by a grant from the state’s Seaport Economic Council and included interviews and surveys with 147 companies involved in local harbor-related business. Ed Anthes-Washburn, port director for the city’s Harbor Development Commission, said much of that impact comes from the waterfront’s seafood processing industry — and called the study’s results eye-opening. Read the story here 14:01

Activity increasing all along New Bedford Harbor

Infrastructure New England Ports Photo EssayThe Port of New Bedford is not only home to the vastly profitable scallop industry, making it the No. 1 value fishing port in the nation, it is also the No. 2 commercial port in Massachusetts, after Boston. Commercial and recreational activity in the port has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, with an occasional setback. Shoreside fish processors, meanwhile, are bringing in fish from other sources to be put through value-added processing before shipping to distributors. Read the rest here 07:45

For Seafood Landings, Port of Dutch Harbor Retains First Place – Fishermen’s News

The Port of Dutch Harbor has done it again! For the 15th time in 15 years, Dutch Harbor led the nation in 2011 with the greatest amount of fish landed – primarily pollock – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported.
 Last year Dutch Harbor landed 706 million pounds of seafood valued at $207 million, while the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts had 117 million pounds valued at $369 million. Other high rollers in Alaska included the Port of Kodiak, which landed 372 million pounds, valued at $168 million, and Akutan, which landed 431 million pounds, valued at $114 million….Read More  http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/10/for-seafood-landings-port-of-dutch.html