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The recreational boating industry, not unlike its commercial fishing counterpart, is staring down a burgeoning workforce shortage, particularly in skilled technicians. Now the industry and local vocational educators are trying to push back.

 PORTLAND, Maine — Two people were pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after a fishing boat's automated emergency beacon was issued 45 miles southeast of Portland, the Coast Guard said.

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BOSTON — State officials are taking the first steps toward having a single underwater transmission line that could feed electricity generated by multiple offshore wind farms into the regional power grid.

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They've handed out an assortment of Gloucester-landed seafood delicacies to thousands of visitors and consistently promoted the city as a source of unrivaled fresh seafood and as a historic fishing community.

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Mariners on the Annisquam River next month will have to accommodate two more work projects in addition to the ongoing U.S. Army Corps dredging work to return the federal passage to full navigability.

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We here at FishOn were recently informed by dead-letter drop from a highly unreliable sleeper agent (George Sibley, barrister) that an unnamed Gloucester person (George Sibley, person) once appeared in a Gloucester episode of the early '60s television drama, "Route 66." And with that, the fa…

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We here at FishOn love a good trade. Trade is the castor oil that moves international commerce and provides an alternative to the traditional method of national enrichment — start a war and grab as much land and natural resources as you can get your arms around before the ceasefire.

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. 

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.

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

The owner of 159 East Main St. is just a few decibels away from bringing the sounds emanating from the meat and seafood processing factory to a permissible level. And perhaps, resolving a long-running complaint from the neighbors.

We here at FishOn love a good monument and we're frankly curious what FishOn Nation will come up with when we finally give everybody a break and just fade away.

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The interior of the Gloucester Marine Genomics Research Institute is dominated by so much glass that, at times, it feels as if you're standing in a giant snow globe. Glass walls partition conference rooms and offices, while large windows show Gloucester's working waterfront at the head of th…

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It's always a good week in the FishOn biz when the Russians give us a little of that voodoo that they do so well. Maybe a dollop of election tampering, destabilizing a vulnerable government or annexing a chunk of another country. Whatever the task of the day might be.

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BOSTON — Climate advocates and industry groups were critical of the U.S. House this week after a long-term extension of a tax credit designed to assist offshore wind energy developers did not come to pass as part of spending bills, but some wind watchers said offshore projects might still be…

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It's been a long road to setting final groundfish catch limits for the next three years in the Northeast Multispecies groundfishery and the journey isn't quite over yet.

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We here at FishOn are simple folk and we live by some pretty simple rules. Rule No. 1 is why stand when you can sit. Rule No. 2 is that any meeting that lasts more than 15 minutes and involves more than three people generally is a colossal waste of time for everyone.

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It may get a tad crowded under the Blynman Bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday, as a state-contracted engineering crew will perform a regularly scheduled structural inspection of the 112-year-old drawbridge.

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Sweet-tasting Pandalus borealis, the local shrimp, a favorite served as a holiday appetizer, won't be on the menu any time soon.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A fishing vessel that capsized and sank miles off Martha's Vineyard with four fishermen aboard has been found.

Federal fishing regulators are limiting the amount of herring that fishermen can catch off New England until the end of the year. The fish is used for food and bait.

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On Friday, Capt. Joe Sanfilippo of Extreme Gloucester Fishing learned that he'd finished third in a business plan competition organized by Salem State University. 

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With Europe and China effectively off-limits because of trade tariffs, the New England lobster industry and other components of the region's shellfish industry are on the prowl for new markets.

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

Well, here's hoping you now find yourself on the safe side of the Thanksgiving weekend, recovered from your self-induced food coma and with your sights squarely trained on rolling up 2019 once and for all.

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Gloucester’s annual Santa Parade and treelighting on Sunday will get a two-week jump on the lighting of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree, but the latter is taking shape.

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The Northeast multispecies groundfishery may have been victimized by several misreporting schemes through a five-year period and “potentially up to 2.5 million pounds of regulated species were misreported by vessels from multiple sectors” in the fishery, according to a Coast Guard investigat…

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — For generations, people in Alaska’s far-north villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their whale and walrus meat to perfection and keep it cold throughout the year.

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Essex - David L. Andrews, 76, of Essex, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020, at Beverly Hospital. Born in Ipswich he was the son of the late Lewis W. and Theresa (Canillas) Andrews. David attended Essex Elementary School, grades 1-8. He also attended Gloucester High School, grades 9-10. Aft…