Vol. 6, No. 10  October 2001    News & Comment for and by the Fishermen of Maine          SUBSCRIBE NOW!!
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Corea -- As many as 25 lobster boats out of Corea confronted the Department of Marine Resources' survey trawler, Monday, October 22, renewing some uneasy relationships on the water and raising questions about the veracity of the collected data.
The spontaneous encounter occurred when the contracted traw-ler out of Portland, the Robert Michael, was in the area to tow in a previously designated spot. The survey, designed to assess stocks of all Gulf of Maine species, and conducted each spring and fall, is in its second year. Well-publicized in advance, it was timed to coordinate with the National Marine Fisheries Service's outer gulf work and Massachusetts early-fall survey, in order to coordinate a big survey snapshot of the region.
Tows, said Sally Sherman, the DMR biologist on the boat, are announced ahead of time through a number of channels, including mailings to zone councils, detailed announcements to lobster-men with Loran bearings, NOAA weather radio bulletins

Trawl survey dragger, Robert Michael, being escorted out of Corea waters.

throughout the day, plus a hotline contact. Fishermen are given the boat's telephone number and the office and home number of the survey chief, Dr. John Sowles.
Lobster fishermen were out tending gear that day when the

Robert Michael entered the area.
Through radio communications, the fishermen approached the Robert Michael for a meeting of sorts. There was no intention to block the vessel and there was no antagonism, several fishermen said.     continue

by Mike Crowe

There have been an awful lot of boatbuilders over the years on Beals Island off Jonesport. In the 1950s and 60s there were 11 boat shops on an island with a population of 500. The Jonesport boat, the local traditional lobster boat built at Beals and Jonesport into the 1960s, has a distinct style. With a narrow beam, skeg built, sheer low to the water, tumblehome in the stern, low cabin trunks occasionally with diamond shaped windows in them, they stand out.     continue

Ernest in his shop in 1969 working on the stern frame of the
Maguerite G. In the background is a boat he was building for
Ossie Beal.


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