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Fishing regulators shoot down scallop leasing plan

In a ballroom overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the council regulating New England’s fisheries rejected a controversial proposal on Tuesday to develop a leasing program in the region’s lucrative scallop fishery after failing to agree on the presented motions. The New England Fishery Management Council deliberated on three motions for more than two hours, with all three failing. The latest leasing push comes 12 years after a proposal to allow it was defeated in a close 9-to-7 council vote, with one member abstaining. New Bedford fishermen and permit owners were at the hotel hours before the council took up the leasing issue. The opposition has been largely centralized in the city, driven by the crew and some vessel owners who fear leasing is the first step toward further consolidation. Photos, >click to read< 07:40

Group that claims catching lobsters is harmful to whales draws sharp rebuke in Gloucester

Nothing says “Massachusetts, or really “New England”, like a lobster. But our iconic crustacean just got a failing grade from an environmental group. The Seafood Watch Project, which operates out of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, put lobster on their red list. This is devastating news at Cape Ann Lobstermen, a Gloucester facility that processes up to 40,000 pounds of locally caught lobster a day. “The lobster industry is probably the biggest fishing industry left in this area,” said company president Tessa Browne. “There’s probably 150+ boats in this harbor that come and go on a daily basis who have 1-2 crewmen who support their families.” “We’re being unfairly targeted when the main culprit is ship strikes,” said lobsterman Richard Black. Video, >click to read< 14:00

Cape Seafoods nets nearly $500K to grow and diversify

The company has received a $395,542 loan from the CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund and an $86,458 equipment loan from MassDevelopment, the agency said in a prepared statement. Cape Seafoods’ sprawling Atlantic mackerel and herring processing plant, cold storage facility and wholesale bait shop dominate much of the Everett R. Jodrey State Fish Pier where Western Sea Fishing’s midwater trawlers FV Endeavour and FV Challenger are tied up. Western Sea Fishing is Cape Seafoods’ fishing partner. With the funding, MassDevelopment said Cape Seafoods plans to create an additional eight full-time jobs and 10 part-time jobs over the next three years. The company will use the funding to build and equip a new seafood processing room enabling it to process groundfish such as flounder, hake, halibut, and cod. >click to read< 10:37

NTSB Reiterates Call for Mandatory Personal Locator Beacons Following Investigation Into F/V Emmy Rose Sinking

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is reiterating calls for a personal locator beacon requirement following its investigation into the 2020 sinking of the F/V Emmy Rose that claimed the lives of four crew members off of Cape Cod. NTSB also reiterated an earlier safety recommendation to the Coast Guard to require all vessel personnel be provided with a personal locator beacon (PLB). NTSB issued that recommendation following the sinking of the cargo vessel El Faro in 2015 in which all 33 crewmembers perished.  NTSB also reiterated the recommendation after the fishing vessel F/V Scandies Rose sank off Sutwik Island, Alaska, in 2019. Two of the vessel’s crewmembers were rescued; the other five were never found. >click to read< 10:37

Loose Hatch Cover May Have Caused the Loss of the F/V Emmy Rose

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the capsizing of the fishing vessel F/V Emmy Rose, which went down with all hands off Massachusetts in late 2020, was likely due to an unsecured hatch cover on its lazarette, which could have allowed rapid flooding when water accumulated on deck. In the early hours of November 23, 2020, The Emmy Rose was under way off Provincetown, Massachusetts with about 50,000 pounds of fish in her holds. She was headed to Gloucester, with winds of 20 knots and following seas of about six feet in height. >click to read< 21:18

My View – Back to proven port basics

The future of our 399-year-old port community, our ocean-centric culture, is bring maltreated by astonishing contradictions, some plain self-serving against the good of our community, others just embarrassingly incoherent. There are folks who will claim that fishing is “near the end” with “not enough biomass,” with some fishers even declaring near tears that “we are the last generation,” while the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology offers science that lucrative fish species are actually dying of old age in the fertile Atlantic, as the industry remains without advanced catch technology to very selectively harvest only those species in ample abundance. >click to read< 07:52

“I once was lost, but now am found” – Burial site of long-dead fisherman found by kin

In 1915, Eben Devine was reported missing by fellow crewmen from the schooner Hattie A. Heckman. Ten days later his body was seen floating in Gloucester Harbor by George Bailey, keeper on Ten Pound Island, who rowed it ashore. Despite decomposition, Devine’s son Oscar identified the body, perhaps by his father’s coat and the spectacles in the pocket. The medical examiner ruled it a death by accidental drowning, but a darker story has always lingered in Devine family lore: Eben Devine, known to be a drinker, was followed from a bar on the October night of his disappearance by two men with whom he’d had an altercation. >click to read< 09:15

‘It’s all about the people’ Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante said about her run

She’s a Gloucester native. Her parents came from immigrant families. She’s the only child of her father, Joseph, who worked as a fisherman until an injury forced him out of the job, and her mother, Frances, who worked in the schools’ libraries. She has her supporters. Helene Nicholson, “I think she brings the things to Gloucester like the waterfront and she works well with other candidates even though Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr is a Republican, you know, she works well across the aisles, which I like, and she’s a fair player. She’s honest.” Her father’s injury turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In 1994, a few months after his accident, the fishing vessel F/V Italian Gold sank. “That’s the boat my father would have been on. All four men were lost at sea,” Ferrante said. Her father asked her to promise him she would help those crew members’ families. >click to read< 12:14

Saturday service to remember those lost at sea

The annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial on Stacey Boulevard. Joe Parisi, a member of the Fishermen’s Memorial Service committee who will serve as the master of ceremonies, said the keynote speaker this year will be Peter Sinagra, the son of Capt. Carlo Sinagra, owner of the fishing vessel F/V Alligator, which was lost at sea in the fall of 1978. On Thursday, Sept. 28, 1978, Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard planes searched from Gloucester to Nova Scotia for the 52-foot Gloucester fishing vessel after the Alligator and its crew of three were reported overdue and failed to return as scheduled from what was to be a two-day trip to Seal Island, Nova Scotia. >click to read< 07:50

Candidates for governor, AG, tackle fishing industry concerns

Representatives of the Gloucester fishing industry caught the ears of Democratic candidate for governor Attorney General Maura Healey, and a Democratic candidate for attorney general, Andrea Campbell, during a meeting at the Gloucester House Restaurant on Rogers Street around noon before a campaign canvass kickoff. The pair heard concerns about the high cost of fuel and offshore wind, among others. “The price of fuel is killing us right now,” said fisherman Joe Orlando, president of Northeast Fishery Sector II. “I can’t even imagine. How much does it cost?” Healey asked. Orlando said the cost went from $2,000 to $6,000. Healey said it is important for the state to support the fishing industry economically, culturally and historically. >click to read< 10:38

‘Wicked Tuna’ captain sets sights on selling you tuna

“People have said this to me a hundred times, ‘Where can we get some of the fish that we see you catch on the show?’ I bet I have been asked that a thousand times. and I can’t send them anywhere to get a piece of the fish,” besides a few local restaurants, he said, or maybe a sushi buyer looking for tuna with a high fat for the Asian market. “We’ve put this name in the households,” Marciano said. “We’ve put the idea of this product in people’s heads. Right now we just can’t send it to them. Well, that’s about to change.” Starting Sept. 1, Marciano, whose Angelica Fisheries offers fishing charters aboard the fishing vessels Hard Merchandise and Falcon from Gloucester, is casting out his reality show fame to hook customers as he starts a new business called Angelica Seafoods. Photos, >click to read< 07:25

Bluefin Blowout Back in Action With Big Fish and Even Bigger Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Association

Thousands of pounds of tuna were caught and hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for the Alzheimer’s Association last week as the Bluefin Blowout tournament returned to Gloucester, the United State’s oldest fishing port, following a two-year hiatus forced by COVID. “We had great weather and really wonderful fishing conditions,” says Warren Waugh, managing partner of event sponsor and organizer Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. “We had good crowds, we had very competitive captains and crews, and the fish cooperated. The giant bluefin tuna were in abundance.” The winning fish weighed in at 688 pounds, earning Gloucester-based crew of the F/V Easy Scrapin, a cash prize of $125,000,,, >click to read< 14:54

F/V Grace Marie: ‘They knew what to do and they saved their lives’

Seven fishermen are home safe in Gloucester after their fishing vessel sank about 92 miles east of Gloucester. The crew of the trawler F/V Grace Marie were rescued by the good Samaritan gillnetter F/V Dawn T. after their boat began taking on water Friday night. The Grace Marie issued a mayday around 10 p.m. saying the boat was experiencing rapid flooding, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Noel. The Coast Guard put out an urgent marine information broadcast, asking any vessels nearby to answer the Grace Marie’s mayday. F/V Dawn T answered the call, according to the Coast Guard, and was able to bring all seven crewmen aboard and ferry them home. There were no injuries reported, Noel said. The crew arrived back in Gloucester around 1 p.m. Saturday, he said. >click to read< 18:00

Good Samaritan vessel rescues 7 fishermen from Gloucester’s F/V Grace Marie

Seven fishermen were rescued by a good Samaritan fishing vessel after their vessel began taking on water Friday night. The crew of the Gloucester-based vessel Grace Marie issued a mayday around 10 p.m., saying the boat was taking on water and experiencing rapid flooding, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Noel. The 65-foot fishing boat was about 80 nautical miles east of Gloucester. The Dawn T answered the call, according to the Coast Guard, and was able to bring all seven crewmen aboard and ferry them home. >click to read< photos@ Marine Traffic 07:32

Fans still flock as end of 11th ‘Wicked Tuna’ season nears

“Wicked Tuna,” based in Gloucester, continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of viewers, who continue to flock to America’s oldest seaport to catch a glimpse of one of the show’s boats or its captain and crew. Cathy and Jeff Dyer of Knoxville, Tennessee, are among the recent visitors in search of all things “Wicked Tuna.” “That was one of our missions on our recent trip to New England. Our first impression as we drove through the city was it was much bigger than we expected,” said Cathy Dyer. “When we saw the Fishermen’s Memorial driving into town, we knew we were in the presence of the ‘Wicked Tuna.’ Our visit was very memorable and eventful.” >click to read< 10:06

Gloucester: St. Peter’s Fiesta opens with procession, confetti, cheers

Just before the confetti and speech-filled opening ceremony of the 95th anniversary of St. Peter’s Fiesta at 7:30 p.m., people crowded Rogers Street waiting for the statue of St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, to appear from St. Peter’s Club. With little fanfare, he surfaced on the street and people circled around to catch a glimpse or a photo. Because of pandemic, this was the first time since 2019 the heavy, life-size statue was processed from the club up around the Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3, and back down to the altar stage in St. Peter’s Square to mark the start of Fiesta. photos, >click to read< 09:15

A Special Exhibition: The Legacy of the Family-Owned Fishing Vessel

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first English settlement in Gloucester, an event that will be marked in 2023, the Cape Ann Museum has organized a special exhibition exploring the important legacy of the family-owned commercial fishing vessel. The exhibition, which will include fine art, models, and archival materials, will be on display at the Museum’s downtown campus at 27 Pleasant Street from June 25 through September 18, 2022. At the core of the local commercial fishing industry is the family-owned boat. Large and small, eastern rig and western rig, steel-hulled and wooden-hulled, the varieties are endless. >click to read< 15:50

Captain Salvatore (Sam) Ciolino of Gloucester has passed away

Salvatore Ciolino (Sam) of Gloucester MA, passed away peacefully on May 27th at Beverly Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Gloucester MA, on November 10, 1936. Sam was the son of the late Girolamo Ciolino and Antoinette (Scola). Sam was a lifelong fisherman and the captain of The Baby Jerry. He loved to be with his family and enjoyed making Sunday dinner for us to all be together. As he grew older, he enjoyed watching sports in his favorite chair and lived for his grandchildren to walk through the door. Sam will be remembered for his contagious smile and all the love he gave to anyone in his presence. >click to read< 10:26

R/V Bigelow: Overspread, Under spread, or the Perfect spread.

Today both commercial and recreational fishermen believe that NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science is problematic while N.E. Trawl Panel Members who regulate the R/V Bigelow net, state there is a problem of over and under spreading which causes the net to fish inadequately. The N.E. Trawl Panel wants to put a Restrictor Wire between the trawl doors to stop the overspreading. I believe what they want to do will not work adequately, because if one door hits an obstacle the other door will be affected. Another issue would be dragging wire on the bottom of the ocean between the doors will affect the herding of fish. What will it take to address and fix the overspreading and under spreading and achieve the perfect spread at all times? >click to read< 21:01 Thank you, Captain Salvatore Novello, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Federal government to increase at-sea monitoring to 100%.

At-sea monitors are workers who collect data on board commercial fishing boats to help inform regulations and management of species. The government approved the new, higher percentage of trip cover on Tuesday, said Michael Pentony, regional administrator with NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester. The rules apply to valuable species that are harvested in the Northeast such as cod, haddock and flounder. Pentony said the new rules will replace the old process of calculating a target for the level of monitoring coverage every year. The coverage target will instead be 100% for four years as long as federal funding can support agency and industry costs, he wrote in a letter to fishery managers. >click to read< 16:24

‘CODA’ – A win for America’s oldest seaport

CODA’s big wins at the 94th Academy Awards Sunday night was not only a win for the deaf community, it was also a win for the nation’s oldest seaport in its portrayal of the fishing industry and its families. CODA did not turn to special effects to tell the story on the water. Instead, it turned Capt. Paul Vitale’s 50-foot fishing vessel F/V Angela Rose into a working movie set in August and September of 2019. Vitale said Monday morning his phone was “going nonstop and more” after CODA’s big wins. “I’m so psyched for them to win all three Oscars last night,” Vitale said. It was a surprise, but he credited the cast and crew for making it happen. “On the boat, they worked real hard.” photos, >click to read< 10:24

Michael L. Linquata of Gloucester, Massachusetts, has passed away

Michael L. Linquata, 96, of Magnolia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Lillian Rose (Ciulla) Linquata who passed away just recently. Michael was born in Gloucester on July 5, 1925, son of the late Leonard and Anne (Favaloro) Linquata. Michael was an early graduate of Gloucester High School class of 1944 and was inducted into the army at Fort Devens on January 12, 1944. He was a combat medic and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When Michael finished college, he worked with his father and managed Progressive Fish Company. >click to read< 22:08

‘Wicked Tuna’ returns for Season 11

The tuna fishermen in the National Geographic hit series “Wicked Tuna” were not crushed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, although they too faced the challenges of a world economy turned upside down. But the “monstah” bluefin tuna competition is back. Season 11 kicks off on NatGeo TV with the extended 90-minute episode “Back on the Hunt” this Sunday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. Filmed on location in Gloucester and at sea, the show follows experienced fishermen from the nation’s oldest seaport, chronicling their triumphs and sometimes the ones that get away. Of the eight captains, half are from Gloucester, and two are from Beverly. The other two are from New Hampshire and New Jersey. >click to read< 21:24

The Man at the Wheel: The story behind The Fisherman’s Memorial in Massachusetts

If you live in Gloucester, you may already be familiar with the story of the most iconic statue in town. If you’re a visitor, you may have noticed it, maybe wondered about it, or maybe not thought much about it at all. Regardless, the Fisherman’s Memorial statue is certainly the most recognizable landmark in town. Standing and looking out towards Gloucester Bay, this memorial in Massachusetts has a story, and we are going to tell you all about it. Photos, >click to read< 07:01

F/V Bing Bing: Captain and deckhand recovering in hospital, one released – Vessel to be salvaged

Three fishermen from the Gloucester based fishing vessel Bing Bing are recovering from severe hypothermia after their vessel sank off the South Shore on Tuesday afternoon. Monte Rome of Intershell, the owner of the vessel, said Wednesday morning that the captain remains in the hospital as he swallowed salt water and diesel fuel, as does a deck hand. The other crew member has been released. Rome said none of the fishermen, all in their 50s and whom he did not want to identify, are local to Cape Ann. >click to read< 12:48

Offshore wind farm will take thousands of acres of rich fishing grounds from our fisherman

The offshore wind farm off Cape Cod will take thousands of acres of rich fishing grounds from our fisherman. Where are our Senators and Congressmen on this important issue?!! We know President Biden, and Governor Baker are in favor, but I have not heard from our local politicians. Our fishermen have enough problems as it is, let alone having more fishing grounds being taken away and reallocated to ocean industrialization. I would like to know if the offshore wind farms will save our homeowners any money on their electric bills, and if so, how much savings will there be if there are any savings at all?!! We the citizens need answers now, and not after they are installed. Thank You, Sam Parisi, Gloucester, Massachusetts. 07:28

Cape Ann Museum celebrates family owned fishing vessels – seeking community participation

As the great-granddaughter, granddaughter and daughter of fishermen, Nina Testaverde Goodick always shared her family’s profound pride in its fishing vessels over the generations. “These fishing vessels were at the very core of our family,” the Gloucester woman said. “They provided for us — the Linda B., Peter & Linda, Sea Fox, Nina T. and The Midnight Sun to name a few. In our homes, you could always find a painting of these vessels, hanging in a place of honor.” In that spirit of pride and in anticipation of the city’s 400th anniversary, the Cape Ann Museum is seeking community participation for a future special exhibition about family fishing vessels. >click to read< 08:12

Steve Connolly Seafood Company has closed

Steve Connolly Seafood Company, one of the last major seafood processors in Gloucester, is ending its wholesale and retail operations on Jan. 1. The company has its waterfront retail facility at 431 Main St., and a corporate site in Boston, according to its website.  The website says that within eight years of Steve Connolly founding the company, it became the nation’s leading full service fresh seafood house. In 1990, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Connolly and his company the Small Business Person of the Year for Massachusetts. >click to read< 09:27

Gloucester fisherman get shout-out at Gotham Awards

Gloucester and one of its fishermen received a shout-out at the 31st Gotham Awards, the annual New York independent film celebration that serves as a boozy kickoff to Oscar season. “First off, I’m absolutely handless right now,” Kotsur said through sign language, shaking his hands, when his win was announced. “Everyone from Gloucester Massachusetts, that entire community was so involved and supportive of our movie and helped make it happen.” “And thank you to Paul, the fishing boat captain on the boat that we used in ‘CODA’,” he continued, referring to Paul Vitale and his dragger Angela & Rose. >click to read< 09:05

Capsized boat out of Pigeon Cove; GoFundMe started for replacement

After 19 days, F/V Lady M, the capsized fishing vessel at Pigeon Cove, has been brought to shore. The boat, owned by local fisherman Chris Wayrynen, broke free from its mooring and sank during a nor’easter in late October. On Saturday morning, Wayrynen’s diver friend, Andy Arnold, attached inflatables to the bottom of the sunken ship. With the boat raised, crews with Locke Crane Services of Tewksbury were able to pull it out of the water and place it on the Rockport Tool Company site. Wayrynen’s girlfriend, Michelle Testa, started a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay for pulling the Lady M out of the cove and for a new boat. >click to read<  Help, Storm Swamped Vessel. – Hello, my name is Michelle and I am fundraising for Chris Wayrynen. Chris suffered a tremendous loss on October 26 when his boat the LADY -M sank during a major Nor Easter. >click to read< and please donate if you can! 09:10