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

Seagull spotters from the public have reported sightings of Appledore gulls as far away as Texas, Indiana and Florida. Most are spotted closer to home.

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Gloucester’s state senator and the director of the state’s marine fisheries both say a federal report released earlier this week showing that cod stocks in the area remain overfished and are not on target to be rebuilt by 2024 is “concerning.”

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

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday said it was investigating whether a distress call last Saturday about four missing boaters off the coast of Maine could be a hoax — a possibility that sets Chief Warrant Officer John Roberts' teeth on edge.

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Heavy weather is heading this way, with forecasters saying the impending storm will pack seriously high northeast winds and driving rain while lingering for days over the region.

BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information about the missing boaters described in a distress call Saturday, including the possibility that the call was a hoax.

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NOAA Fisheries released a more detailed response Wednesday to criticisms of the science it used to develop new protections for North Atlantic right whales, refuting or clarifying several points while admitting data collection remains "an ongoing challenge."

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BOSTON — A long-awaited project to dredge the sand-clogged Annisquam River could be back on track, according to U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, citing a deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow work to move forward.

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The city's harbormaster office will cease operations at 19 Harbor Loop on Monday, temporarily moving out to allow construction to begin on a new visiting boater center and an upgraded harbormaster's office at the site.

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We've heard the rumblings of impeachment rolling down from the heavens. And to that, we only have one thing to say:

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U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III is set to visit Gloucester on Saturday afternoon to talk fish, according to state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester.

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For nearly half a century, David E. Pierce has toiled in the vineyard of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, first as a marine biologist and later as only the third director in the history of the state fishery management agency.

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Regional groundfishermen delivered a unified and dire message to the New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday, testifying that any radical increases to at-sea monitoring coverage will bankrupt the multispecies groundfish fleet beyond repair and without benefit.

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Carlos Rafael has until the end of 2020 to sell his remaining three dozen vessels and attached permits, otherwise a trust, established as part of his settlement with NOAA Fisheries, will take control of the assets and force a sale, a senior NOAA attorney said Monday.

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A planned 40,000-square-foot boat storage facility on the fringe of the Cape Ann's Marina Resort property off Essex Avenue is being called a "game-changer" for Gloucester's economy. It would allow for the storage of large vessels neither the marina nor other city locations can now handle.

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

The New England Fishery Management Council will convene in Gloucester next week with an agenda that includes a groundfish monitoring measure that ultimately could determine the financial fate of the Northeast groundfish fleet.

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

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BOSTON — The trade war with China is putting the squeeze on the state's lobster industry, and the damage is seeping into other sectors of the seafood economy, lawmakers were told Tuesday.

The head of the Maine Lobstermen's Association countered comments Monday by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, saying Moulton mischaracterized the organization's motives and actions when it withdrew its support for the federal plan for increased protections to the North Atlantic right whales.

BOSTON — As the United States trade war with China continues to take its toll on Massachusetts lobstermen, members of the state's Congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are urging the Trump administration to find new markets for American lobster exports.

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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton on Monday called the Maine Lobstermen's Association shortsighted for stepping away from the federal plan to increase protections for North Atlantic right whales, saying the defection will dull its membership's ability to influence the plan ultimately adopted by NOAA Fi…

Maritime Gloucester, which features its own permanent Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary exhibit, will offer free live streaming this week of the exploration of the wreck of the SS Portland that lies at the bottom of the marine sanctuary.

So, a quick check seems to indicate that we survived Friday the 13th and the full harvest moon. And to think we did so while engaged in moving all of our household possessions from hither to yon makes it even more impressive. At least we think it was a full harvest moon. Either that or our n…

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NOAA Fisheries on Wednesday said it was disappointed the Maine Lobstermen's Association pulled its support from the federal plan to implement stronger protections for right whales, but did not specifically address the lobster association's criticisms of the science used to develop the plan.

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Last year, as he contemplated a trip to the Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong, Monte Rome of Gloucester-based Intershell utilized an export program designed to reimburse half of his costs for creating a marketing and promotional presence at the immense international seafood show.

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BOSTON — Northeast leaders must do more to protect the iconic North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species teetering at the brink of extinction, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

So, you may have read in the pages of this here newspaper, or online at gloucestertimes.com, that the Maine Lobstermen's Association on Aug. 30 informed NOAA Fisheries that it was repealing its support of the current federal plan to afford more protections to the imperiled North Atlantic rig…

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Gloucester's storied fishing heritage is once again showcased in a new work of art by Jeff Weaver, commissioned by a family's whose heritage is intimately tied to the industry.

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BOSTON — Control of the historic Essex-built schooner Ernestina-Morrissey would move from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which will maintain the vessel and use it for training, under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday.

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The Maine Lobstermen's Association, citing flawed data from NOAA Fisheries and other fishing threats to North Atlantic right whales, is withdrawing its support for the right whale protection plan that it says unfairly targets the Northeast lobster industry.

So, Happy Labor Day. We hope you are celebrating in Bizarro World fashion by not doing any labor whatsoever. That's what our Red Sox are doing, with a day off before they continue their playoff push by hosting the Twins in the heel of the hunt for a wildcard spot in the American League.

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BOSTON — Plans for the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm remain on hold, and state leaders and environmental groups are calling on the Trump administration to speed it along.

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NEWBURYPORT — Paul Piraino was searching for baitfish on the Merrimack River in Amesbury early Friday morning when a splash caught the corner of his eye. He slowed his boat to a hover, and then he saw what he least expected — the arc of a bottlenose dolphin breaching the water's surface.

Well, we're just back from Greenland, which we tried to buy. No deal. But we did rent it for a week and a good time was had by all but perhaps the Greenlanders. Fingers crossed on getting the deposit back.

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Gloucester’s congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pony up the additional $2.4 million necessary so the long-sought dredging of the Annisquam River can begin on time on Oct. 1.

SAN FRANCISCO  — Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon.