Vol. 12, No. 2 – February 2007    News & Comment for and by the Fishermen of Maine          SUBSCRIBE NOW!!
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Reporting Voted In
Option 3 + 10%
by Mike Crowe

Fairfax, Va., January 29. At their quarterly meeting on Monday, the Atlantic States Fisheries Management Commission voted to require mandatory reporting in the Maine lobster fishery. Though Maine fishermen opposed the proposal the six other participating states, objected to limiting mandatory reporting to only 10% of the fishermen of Maine.

After more than two hours of debate, Addendum X, Option 3,-which includes a10% participation component- was voted in. This compromise, essentially a mix of Option 1 and Option 3 (See Below) , came with the understanding that the 10% participation component will eventually go to 100%.

The Vote
Known as Addendum X to Amendment 3 to the American Lobster Management Plan, commissioners from the seven participating states (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ) voted as follows on the language below:

“Move to accept Option 3 under 1A at least 10 percent of active harvesters reporting (with the expectation of 100 percent of license holders reporting in time) and under 1B strike hours fished and add price per pound.

Motion passes: 5-4-0-1

Motion to approve Addendum 10 as modified

Motion passes: 6-3-0-1”

Mandatory reporting has been generally opposed in Maine. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association supported data collection, asked for explanation of what more data will produce and rejected 100% participation. Photo: Fishermen's Voice

New Zealander Earns Way Into Island Life
by Steve Cartwright

The long-neglected Centennial Building on the edge of Matinicus’ snug harbor is looking good these days. Sprucing it up is newcomer Craig MacLeod, who hopes to turn the three-story warehouse into something of a community center.

With paint, lumber, shingles—all lugged from the mainland by ferry—MacLeaod is putting a fresh face on the building and the waterfront of this tiny fishing village. He has added a big dormer window to the top floor for living space.

MacLeod, a rugged guy with tattoos, said islanders seem to enjoy seeing him at work on the neglected Centennial Building, which until recently has been stuffed with old freezers, gas stoves, lobster traps, wooden buoys, a couple of cod carts and stuff he has yet to identify.

At first, they may have wondered why he was trying to fix up the old place. “I’m doing the work myself. People respect that, I think. They might have been stand-offish at first.” He wants to build a ferry waiting room on the first floor where you could grab a cup of coffee “and maybe a beer on a good day.” He plans to give some space to island historian Suzanne Rankin. He has already given her the 19th century fishing ledgers that turned up in the building. These ledgers are expected to tell a story of their own after they have been examined in detail.


Craig McLeod in front of the 130 year old Centennial Building on Matinicus Island, summer 2006. He’s been removing old clapboards and reroofing the building with hopes that it will continue on as a community building. Photo: Steve Cartwright

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