Tag Archives: Commercial Fishing

Chickity Check It! Doug Maxfield Speaks The Truth About Fishing

Unfortunately for the industry guys like Doug Maxfield don’t get book deals.  His truths and clear cutting of the bullshit that gets reported about commercial fishing for one reason or another gets ignored by major media and instead bananheads with very little real commercial fishing experience get anointed experts in the field.

In the current day and age when it is so fashionable to hop on the green train the general public and even worse- food writers buy into whatever crap the environmentalists label green or not green or safe or not safe and more often than not once one of these people say it’s so the rest of the  minions of loyal environmentalists fall right in behind them without ever doing real investigative work for themselves.

They ought to talk to guys like Doug or better yet read his blog- North Shore Waterman for the real deal.

Like the header for his blog? 

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It’s from a picture I took.

Here is your warning-Doug is RAW.  If you are offended by sexual innuendo or harsh truths with extremely salty language about all things commercial fishing don’t bother going there.

But if you want to read about what is really going on in the fishing industry from a back man’s perspective check out Doug’s blog and make it part of your daily reading.

Here’s the first post that I’d suggest you read to further illustrate why I think Doug Maxfield should be the guy that gets the book deal-

get your soap box

So I’m on the crapper the other day, and with no other options within a step the width of my under-pants, I found myself flipping through the New Yorker.  Wouldn’t you know it I found an article about the tragic state of the worlds fisheries         (http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2010/08/02/100802crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=1).  Always interested in people’s take, I read it.  HOLY-SHIT.  Do people outside of the industry and the towns of New Bedford and Gloucester actually believe any of the tripe?

click the link to read the rest of his post

A Dragger’s Net Spread Out For Mending

Here is a dragger’s net spread out so that it can be worked on.  The orange balls act as floats at the top of the net as it gets towed through the water the boyancy of the orange balls keep the opening of the net as wide as possible to catch the most fish efficiently.  Along the bottom you see the rubber rollers which make up the bottom part of the net as it gets towed behind the boat.

In this post I explain how dragging works with arrows pointing out various parts of the net and how it all works- click here

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Things To Do- Fish ‘n’ Fiction Event Feb 23

Fish ‘n’ Fiction
A new series hosted by the Phyllis A. Marine Association
Sawyer Free Library, Friend Room
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
6:00-8:00pm
Suggested Donation of $5.00 per person
 
Captain Richard Arnold will lead an informal conversation on his personal experiences fishing on board the Phyllis A., out of Gloucester harbor from 1984-2000. Please come and join us with your own stories.
 This program benefits the Phyllis A. Marine Association who mission is, “to promote the history of gillnetting in Gloucester, Massachusetts through the display and preservation of the fishing vessel Phyllis A.” All conversations will be recorded for our oral history collection.
 Additional conversations will occur on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
We offloaded the Phyllis A back when we handled fish at our dock.  The Arnold Brothers were about as classy as you get not only on the waterfront but in humanity in general.  These men are role models believe me and to have the opportunity to hear the stories as told by Richard, well let’s just say it’s something that no one who loves the fishing industry should miss.

2009 Festival T-shirt Design Contest

I caught this on FOB (friend of the blog) Craig’s Commercial-Fishing.org forum

I know lots of people that check out the site are designers and have love for working ports so I thought I’d pass this along-

http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/ In New Bedford they are having a tshirt design contest-

The Working Waterfront Festival invites artists 16 years and older to submit a creative design for the 2009 Festival T-Shirt.  Designs should convey festival’s emphasis on the commercial fishing industry and the working port.  The winning entry will receive a $100 cash prize.  Entries must be emailed by or postmarked no later than May 29th.  The winning entry and designer will be announced at the June 11th AHA Night in Downtown New Bedford!  Applications can be downloaded from the festival’s web site: www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Industrial Crab Cooker- Kelly’s Fish House Naples Fl

They can cook up to 500 pounds of crab claws in this industrial cooker.  At first I thought they cooked the entire crab but they rip the claws off and cook only the claws and toss the crab back to the ocean to regenerate new claws.  A half ton winch lowers and raises the boiling container out of the vat. 

Video coming up tonight at 5:00PM

 

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