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The Michigan Bears, if they were still among us, probably would have been right at home Saturday afternoon in the freezing grayness that precipitated the year's first winter storm on Cape Ann.

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The Gloucester man charged with a repeat offense of landing illegal lobsters two months ago has another two months to plead his case.

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ESSEX — Essex clammers haven't had much to celebrate this winter, as rains shut down the town's clam flats during the latter parts of 2018, leaving the town's regular diggers feeling pretty clam-atose.

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Less than 24 hours after U.S. Coast Guard workers here went without a paycheck, elected officials and heads of Gloucester-based service agencies huddled at City Hall and launched a program Wednesday aimed at helping Coast Guard members and their families left in the financial lurch of the fe…

Jack Ventola, the imprisoned founder and president of Gloucester-based National Fish & Seafood, is appealing his two-year prison sentence, claiming he received a more severe punishment than one of his convicted co-conspirators.

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BOSTON — Tens of thousands of members of the U.S. Coast Guard are working without pay as a partial federal government shutdown enters its fourth week, and lawmakers on Beacon Hill are considering the unusual step of writing checks to those living in Massachusetts.

The story is one of the indelible chapters in the grand history of Gloucester, how five 40-foot gillnet boats from Michigan navigated 2,200 miles of lakes, locks and the Atlantic Ocean in 1910 to stake their claim in America's oldest fishing seaport.

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We were over at the Gloucester Marine Railways the other day, which is one of our favorite stops in the city, and we checked in with the yard's venerable foreman Douglass Parsons to see what's up with the efforts to repair and restore the lovely 93-year-old gillnetter, the Phyllis A.

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The real-world implications from the partial shutdown of the federal government, which entered its 19th day on Wednesday, are starting to be felt by the fishing industry and other stakeholders.

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Opposition in Massachusetts to the Trump administration's plans to allow oil and gas exploration along the Atlantic seaboard appears to be coalescing, as stakeholders and the segments of the public sector are moving to block expanded exploration off the coasts of Northeast states.

BOSTON — A state representative from Falmouth plans to join his colleagues from Hawaii, Georgia and other states Tuesday to collectively oppose the Trump administration's offshore drilling plans and to introduce drilling ban legislation in the states.

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Don’t look now, but as the calendar pages keep turning, the annual Seafood Expo North America in Boston looms ever nearer. Take it from us veterans: Be sure to bring a doggy bag.

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Americold hopes to embark this summer on two projects to upgrade and repair support pilings at its waterfront facilities at 69 Rogers St. and 1 Rowe Square and also plans to rebuild a 300-foot seawall at the latter site.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

The two sides embroiled in National Fish & Seafood's corporate espionage lawsuit haven't found much common ground to date, but they have managed to agree on a proposed litigation schedule leading up to the July 22 trial date.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Well, here it is, the very last day of the year and we still haven't heard from Tom Mazzetta on when he plans to reopen his company's Gloucester Seafood Processing plant up in the Blackburn Industrial Park.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Coastal waters east of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

The partial shutdown of the federal government continued into its fifth day on Wednesday and NOAA Fisheries appears to be operating – or not –  just as it did during the partial shutdown that shuttered much of the government back in January.

Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of FishOn, coming to you live from a manger in Bethlehem. We've got to say, the whole manger mystique is a tad overdone. No insulation. No cable TV. Just straw and fleas and the unceasing scent of eau de donkeys. Not even the frankincense and myrrh are st…

The Northeast regional office of NOAA Fisheries in Gloucester had no comment on Friday regarding the looming shutdown of at least parts of the federal government and what it might mean for agency staffing and the services they provide.

Massachusetts, through its Attorney General Maura Healey, is joining a multi-state federal lawsuit to halt the federal government from planned seismic testing to identify offshore oil and gas resources in the Atlantic Ocean.

When the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund was established in 2007, the Gloucester fleet already had transitioned away from its sizeable offshore groundfish fleet to a largely inshore fleet dependent on cod and other groundfish species in the Gulf of Maine.

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A jury trial planned for the man charged with dumping a headless tuna carcass in the Annisquam woods more than a year has been pushed back another two months.

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James A. Santapaola Jr., the Gloucester lobstermen twice charged since 2017 for possessing or landing illegal lobsters, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing next month on the most recent charges.

When last we saw John Bullard, the big man was sitting in his sun-splashed office at NOAA's Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester's Blackburn Industrial Park, wearing an authentic, white Red Sox home jersey with David Ortiz' No. 34 on the back.

U.S. fish and shellfish landings increased incrementally last year in both volume and value, while Massachusetts ended the year with the second-highest value of commercial landings among the 50 states, according to an annual report on U.S. fisheries released Thursday by NOAA.

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BOSTON  — Federal ocean managers are allowing the same level of harvest of smooth dogfish, a small species of shark that members of the East Coast seafood industry have tried to find a market for.

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Revised annual groundfish catch limits for 2019 largely retain the status quo and are unlikely to make a measurable impact on the state of the Northeast multispecies groundfish fishery, according to Gloucester-based fishing stakeholders.

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ROCKPORT — The pause came about an hour into Peter Ferrante's talk Tuesday afternoon on the history of the Gloucester fishing fleet to students in Kerry Herrmann's Rockport High School class, Cape Ann History.

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Gloucester fishermen and their contemporaries across the nation, following years of uncertainty, finally caught a break in the new federal law regulating incidental deck discharges from fishing vessels.

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We were heartened last week to see the Red Sox open up the vault to sign pitcher Anthony Eovaldi to a long-term deal, though also disappointed because our local nine, the FishOners, also were in the hunt for the free-agent righthander. We need to bolster the top of our rotation, which if we'…

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There were 76 confirmed whale entanglements nationwide in 2017, though the number of entanglements of the highly imperiled North Atlantic right whales declined from a 10-year average, according to a national report.

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The Northeast surf clam industry, including Gloucester-based Intershell International, did not get what it wanted at Tuesday's meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council in Newport, Rhode Island.

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