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Sam Pfeifle

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  1. Looks like the Coast Guard has suspended its search for Carl Whitney, a Rhode Island fisherman who went overboard 16 miles south of Montauk Point this weekend. Our thoughts are with Whitney and his family and friends.
  2. Hey folks in Mississippi - if you're looking for a lifeline, applications for CARES Act funding for commercial fishing opens today, November 9: For those in other states, be on the look out, or just google "CARES Act [your state] fishing"
  3. Looking for work? Looking to hire? Curious about what people are seeing out there? This is the spot for asking and answering.
  4. This year has been a bumpy ride for critics and supporters of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. We’ll talk about how we got here, where the plans stand, and what to look for next.Speakers: • Katherine Carscallen, Executive Director of Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay & Andy Wink, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood • Lindsay Layland, Deputy Director, United Tribes of Bristol Bay Moderator & Host: Jessica Hathaway, National Fisherman editor in chief
  5. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act supports the replacement of older diesel engines with those fitting higher standards, including marine engines. Since 2008, fleets at marine and inland water ports have been a priority for funding, with $93 million going to ports projects from 2008-2013.While some of DERA’s overall grants have specifically addressed commercial fishing vessel engine repowers, there is immense opportunity to further collaborate with Tribes, fishing communities, fishing associations, and engine manufacturers to look to the future of clean diesel powering sustainable seafood harv
  6. The U.S. boatbuilding industry has been running strong throughout 2020. If you're looking for what’s on the horizon for builders and outfitters of commercial fishing and workboats on the West Coast and in Alaska, just ask the folks whose job it is to pay attention. Speakers: • Dr. Sue Molloy, President, Glas Ocean Electric • Jonathan Parrott, Senior Naval Architect, Jensen Maritime • John W. Waterhouse, Principal and Chairman of the Board, Elliot Bay Design Group Moderator: Paul Molyneaux, National Fisherman Boats & Gear editorHost: Jessica Hathaway, National Fisherman edit
  7. This workshop offered businesses the opportunity to learn about regional workforce training programs and partnership opportunities - including programs that will pay for your apprenticeships and student training programs. You heard how easy it is to become a mentor, create an apprenticeship program, successfully reach out and engage communities of color and women for your workforce, and get your business involved with creating the next generation of workers. Now is your opportunity to move the discussion forward.Sponsors: Youth Maritime Collaborative, Port of Seattle and Seattle Propeller Club
  8. What’s the future of offshore wind power? How is the industry engaging with commercial fishing and other maritime industries in the United States? What can we learn from European installations? Our panelists dug into the current status of offshore wind energy as its focus expands to all coasts - now you can offer your thoughts and ask your questions. Speakers: • Bonnie Brady, Executive Director, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association • Mike Conroy, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations • Annie Hawkins, Executive Director, Responsible Offshore Devel
  9. And now CT has their act together to dole out some CARES Act money:
  10. Thought this was a pretty cool look at things being made from ocean plastic refuse. Though it's a little bit unfair to just put out there that fishermen are dumping old nets in the ocean as a habit, no?
  11. An interesting update this week from the Port of Seattle on covid adjustments. I though this piece was interesting: And they do address commercial fishing directly, with some vessel updates: Great to hear that just about everyone has been virus-free on the water.
  12. Pretty interesting story out of New York about the increasing issue of abandoned "ghost ships" in Long Island Sound and what the town of Babylon is doing about it: Should we really be using federal taxpayer funds to clean up after these people? What do we do about it?
  13. Interesting op-ed in SeafoodSource this week, talking about the potential for "precision fishing" to "save" our fisheries. Here's the gist of it: I haven't seen a lot of data talk in commercial fishing circles. Is this just an advertisement for a technology no one will ever use or does this offer some actual useful information you could see yourself using?
  14. Hey, if you're on this forum, you're National Fisherman members and so you've got access to this great new e-book put out by the NF editorial team. Highly recommended. It's got a look at what's coming down the pipe in terms of gear, regulations, and the marketplace, over the course of nearly 50 pages. Grab it here.
  15. A bit off topic, but it will be interesting to see how new ice-breaking technology affects the maritime industry in general. And, well, a "nuclear icebreaker" does sound sort of cool. Will this year-round navigation open up new fishing waters as well?
  16. If you can make it to 105, you're doing something great. I love that Essie Lindeman, of Grants Pass, Oregon, was fishing in Alaska with her husband in 1936! And I thought the commute for rural Mainers to the pregnancy ward was a long one.
  17. Here's information for Massachusetts fishermen on how to access funds from the Covid relief program set up and funded by the federal government: If you're in another state, a quick google search should uncover similar plans from your state regulatory agency.
  18. Crazy to see it laid out so plainly like that. Ho-hum, "Missile operations."
  19. Wow. This is crazy. Just found a story about this. Can't believe this isn't a bigger story!
  20. Huh. Never thought much about Detroit's commercial fishing operations, but the Detroit News has a cool historical feature this week. Nice fish!
  21. Post here, or in any thread you like. If you've already got an account, you're not eligible for this particular contest, but you can engage in this one if you'd like:
  22. The Gloucester Times reports that the state of Massachusetts is looking to extend the fishing season in some areas, due to the Covid impact on commercial fishing. It will be interesting to see if other states follow suit and whether we see season extensions in other areas.
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