Vol. 6, No. 3  March 2001    News & Comment for and by the Fishermen of Maine          SUBSCRIBE NOW!!
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Lobster or Egg
by Paul Molyneaux

In the last decade Maine's lobster landings more than doubled from 23 million pounds in 1989, to 53 million in 1999. Over the same decade the value of the fishery tripled. When the groundfish, scallop, fixed gear herring, and other fisheries tightened up, many inshore fishermen jumped into the expanding lobster fishery.
Throughout the 90s lobstermen heard the National Marine Fisheries Service issue warnings about overfishing, and collapsing lobster stocks. Nonetheless, the industry continued to grow. But in January, state scientists warned that declining settlement rates over the last six years may lead to a drop in landings: possibly as much as 40 percent in some areas.
"We don't want to alarm people," said Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) biologist Rick Wahle, noting many uncertainties between settlement rates and landings. "But we felt a responsibility to get this information out."

Indicators Point Down
Three separate studies show similar downward trends in larval and juvenile lobster populations over a wide geographic range, claims Dr. Robert Steneck, of the University of Maine. Steneck's juvenile lobster surveys, a larval study by Lew Incza of the DMR, and a study of larval settlement by Rick Wahle, all indicate that larval survival and settlement have been declining for the past six years.

Steneck's study has looked at settlement in different areas along the Maine coast for the last three years, and he has revisited some of those sites frequently enough that he feels confident in his data. "I have about 90 sites," said Steneck, "and we're seeing a decline in juveniles which is most severe in the Pen Bay region." He noted that larval studies by Lew Incza showed similar declines, and that Rick Wahle's settlement     continue

Bigger Boat
by Mike Crowe

During the 1800s shipping along the Atlantic coast saw changes in both the type and size of ships used. The smaller two-masted coastal schooner and larger square rigger had been the most common vessel for shipping. Over the century the two-masted schooner would go from modest to monumental. The simpler rigging of the schooner made it easier to operate with a smaller crew.
Among the driving forces behind this development were the greater profitability of larger ships and their specialized use, particularly in hauling coal.     continue

Launching day: The Wyoming. Percy and Small Shipyard, Bath, Maine. 12/14/1909. 329'x50'x30'. The last six-masted schooner built and the largest wooden sailing vessel ever built. 3,730 gross registered tons. 450' tip of jibboom to tip of spanker boom. Keel laid 4/5/1909. Ground tackle 240 fathoms of anchor chain and two cast steel anchors weighing 60 tons. Capacity: 6,000 tons of coal.


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