Atlantic Charger Living up to Expectations
Captain Brad Watkins has had more than a year to reflect on the performance of his new vessel, the Atlantic Charger and he really likes what he has seen to date. In mid-July, 2013, the Atlantic Charger was launched — a versatile 68.5-foot multi-species vessel, designed by TriNav Marine Design and built by Val Cull of Northern Boat Building and Repair in Port Saunders.
The Atlantic Charger has a bulbous bow, a nozzle, fuel efficiency components and the first autopilot system of its kind to ...
Bluefin Quota Increase Could Mean Additional $2 Million for Atlantic Fishermen
Things were a bit different at an ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) meeting in Italy in November.
A change in the make-up of the U.S. delegation meant support for tuna fishing quota increases.
At previous meetings, the U.S. delegation was led by a former employee of the PEW Foundation, a group dead-set against any quotas for bluefins, although scientific advice and fishermen lobbied heavily for increases.
The major factor in the decision for the ...
High Winds Delay LFA 33-34 Openings
Early Prices in $4/Pound Range
Sometimes Mother Nature works in your favour.
Lobster harvesters had been going through a rough time price-wise for a few years when a vote was taken a year ago last fall to delay the opening of the LFA 33-34 fishery by one week. The theory was it would enable the shells to harden and prevent a glut of sub-par lobsters on the market which depress prices.
The motion was narrowly defeated but the weather turned cold and windy for that first week so mission ...